Prosecutor: Ex-Houston officer hit, kicked suspect

By: JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press
By: JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - A special prosecutor tells jurors a fired Houston police officer accused of beating a black teenage burglary suspect during an arrest caught on video kicked and punched the teen when he was on the ground and no longer a danger.

Drew Ryser is one of four ex-police officers charged in the 2010 incident. He's charged with official oppression, a misdemeanor, and faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

Special prosecutor Tommy LaFon said during opening statements in Ryser's trial Monday the ex-officer made the arrest unsafe by hitting the teenager.

But Ryser's attorney, Carson Joachim, told jurors Ryser took textbook action to subdue a potentially dangerous suspect.

Two other officers charged in the case were sentenced to probation as part of plea agreements. A fourth ex-officer was acquitted.

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