HOUSTON (AP) — A jury has ended deliberating for the day in the trial of an ex-Houston police officer accused of participating in the beating of a teenage burglary suspect.
Drew Ryser is charged with misdemeanor official oppression and faces up to a year in jail if convicted. Jurors deliberated for about 5½ hours Tuesday after closing arguments. Deliberations resume Wednesday.
Defense attorneys told jurors Ryser was a "brave officer" whose only interest was to the handcuff the teenager.
Prosecutors asked jurors for a conviction, saying their decision will tell police officers what behavior won't be tolerated.
Ryser is one of four officers fired and later indicted in the incident.
Security video from the March 2010 arrest appears to show several officers hitting 15-year-old Chad Holley.
Holley is black; Ryser is white.