Police officers in Jasper Texas brutally beating a woman.
A former Texas Ranger testified Friday that Houston police officer Drew Ryser’s use of force in the 2010 videotaped beating arrest of Chad Holley was “perfectly legal.”
Jess Malone, a former state trooper who has assisted in the investigation of more than 100 police misconduct cases, said that Ryser’s hand strikes in the arrest of Holley, then 15, were justifiable given the situation.
Ryser admitted striking Holley during the arrest. However, he denied kicking Holley, saying a move seen in the video was a rugby maneuver called a “stab step.”
Malone testified that while he does not believe Ryser kicked Holley, doing so would also be within the confines of police protocol. “Kicking is perfectly legal,” Malone said. “It may be distasteful, but it’s legal.”
Malone testified that the arrest scene was “very chaotic” and very risky. When asked by prosecutors if the risk dissipated when Holley was on the ground and being struck, Malone continued to defend the officers’ actions.
“There’s no obvious position of surrender until you are in custody,” the ex-Ranger said. “Anything’s possible.”
Cook, who teaches law enforcement at Alvin Community College, said Ryser’s strikes to Holley’s head were permissible and identified them as “pain compliance.”
When the prosecution asked whether all blows inflicted upon Holley by police during the arrest were lawful, Cook refused to answer.