Dis­ci­plinary letters re­veal new de­tails in Hous­ton po­lice chase, beat­ing case

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE -

HOUS­TON — Po­lice of­fi­cers kicked a 15-year-old boy while he was hand­cuffed and stomped on his head or neck dur­ing a March in­ci­dent in which three bur­glary sus­pects were in­jured, ac­cord­ing to dis­ci­plinary letters is­sued to the of­fi­cers.

Seven Hous­ton po­lice of­fi­cers were fired last month af­ter a grand jury in­dicted four of them on crim­i­nal charges. Five other of­fi­cers re­ceived two-day sus­pen­sions.

New de­tails about the po­lice chase lead­ing to the ar­rests and the al­leged beat­ing emerged in dis­ci­plinary letters Chief Charles McClel­land is­sued to a dozen of­fi­cers.

The letters de­scribe an un­ruly chase that be­gan when four sus­pects were spot­ted leav­ing a home in south­west­ern Hous­ton. More than a dozen of­fi­cers were in­volved, and at least two po­lice cars ran into each other as the chase ended, the letters say. One of­fi­cer shocked him­self with a stun gun.

Six dif­fer­ent of­fi­cers re­peat­edly kicked and hit the teen as he lay on the ground with his hands be­hind his head, ac­cord­ing to the letters.

One of­fi­cer, Raad Has­san, 40, told in­ter­nal af­fairs in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he kicked the boy 15 times and hit him to get him to move his arm so he could be hand­cuffed, a dis­ci­plinary let­ter said. Has­san also told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he kicked the boy af­ter he was in hand­cuffs, it said.

At one point, Has­san dropped his stun gun, which went off and shocked him, the let­ter said. Has­san was fired and faces charges of of­fi­cial op­pres­sion and vi­o­la­tion of the civil rights of a pris­oner.

Has­san’s de­fense at­tor­ney, Joe Owmby, said, “We will be con­test­ing HPD’s hind­sight ver­sion in court, as well as ap­peal­ing Of­fi­cer Has­san’s ter­mi­na­tion.”

Three other for­mer of­fi­cers are fac­ing of­fi­cial op­pres­sion charges. Each of­fi­cer could face up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine if con­victed.

Lawyers for sev­eral of the of­fi­cers said they are ap­peal­ing their fir­ings.

The teen has been charged with bur­glary of a habi­ta­tion. The As­so­ci­ated Press does not name ju­ve­niles who have been ac­cused of crimes.

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