An all-white jury found a white former Houston police officer not guilty Wednesday in the videotaped beating of 15-year-old African-American burglary suspect Chad Holley, eliciting cries of outrage from community members.
The jury had deliberated for less than a day.
“The jury sent a message that the life of a black man don’t mean a damn thing in Houston,” African-American community activist Quanell X told the Los Angeles Times. “I believe the prosecutor never truly intended to convict this cop. I believe that allowing an all-white jury to be impaneled in this case was absolutely wrong and a miscarriage of justice.”