Teen taken into custody for failing to pay fine on misdemeanor.
The Houston teen at the center of a police brutality case is arrested again, this time while in court Thursday to be sentenced on separate burglary charge from 2012.
Chad Holley's attorney says the 18-year-old was taken into custody on a warrant for failing to pay a $187 fine on a class-C misdemeanor charge.
“If his family had money, we wouldn't be going through this now,” attorney Latitia Quinones told KTRH News. “So a lot of this has to do with income status.”
However, Quinones believes the arrest won't impact his sentencing which was rescheduled for next month.
“Being arrested in front of the cameras for something as simple as a fine, doesn't look good, and makes it appear bigger than it is,” she says.
Houston lawyer Chris Tritico disagrees, adding the public doesn't care about the severity of the charge.
“That's what this class C arrest hurts, whatever credibility Chad Holley had in that courtroom was just damaged again,” says Tritico.
Every time this young man is in the news getting arrested again, it hurts his credibility with the public,” he says. “And that's the 12 citizens who will be sitting in judgment on the officers accused of abusing him.”
Holly first made headlines when his 2010 burglary arrest was caught on videotape which showed him being punched and kicked by a handful of Houston police officers.
One officer already was acquitted of abuse, three others still are awaiting trial.