Closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday morning in the trial of a former Houston police officer who has been accused of beating a teenage burglary suspect. Former Houston officer Andrew Blomberg is accused of kicking and stomping burglary suspect Chad Holley in May 2010 along with three other former Houston police officers.
Prosecutors called two final witnesses on Monday before resting their case with one of those witnesses being Ken Katsaris, a former sheriff in Florida who investigated the Ted Bundy serial murders. Katsaris now holds training sessions for police officers showing and teaching techniques in which force in high-risk situations is used. When asked if Blomberg’s actions were “reasonable” on the teen, in detaining him, Katsaris called the actions of Blomberg “objectively unreasonable and contrary to any legitimate police action.”
Defense attorney Dick DeGuerin questioned Katsaris and wanted him in agreement when he asked if Blomberg’s actions were bold, brave and courageous. Katsaris did not agree.
Blomberg is charged with misdemeanor official oppression and faces up to one year in prison if he is convicted by the jury. The jury is made up of six men and women plus one alternate. They are also described as all-white.