A strange second day in court during the trial of former Houston police officer Drew Ryser who stands accused 'official oppression' in the 2010 videotaped burglary arrest of teen Chad Holley.
One juror failed to show Tuesday morning, and was finally tracked down four hours later. Another is accused of sleeping during Monday’s testimony.
Community activist Quannel X who last year questioned the acquittal of one of Ryser's accomplices by an all-white jury, says the judge needs to get this jury of six under control.
“Obviously there are some problems with the jury pool and with the jury makeup right now,” Quannel X told reporters outside the courtroom. “I'm hoping and praying that the judge will take time to question all of the jurors to make sure there are not some ongoing problems with the jury.”
When that missing juror finally arrived Tuesday, the judge scolded the entire jury about the importance of being on time.
Once testimony resumed, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland took the stand and told jurors the videotaped arrest of Holley made him “sick to my stomach” and gave the department a “black eye.”
McClelland's testimony is expected to continue Wednesday.
If convicted, Ryser could serve a year in jail on the misdemeanor charge.
Aside from last year's acquittal, two other ex-cops struck plea deals in the case.
Holley currently is serving seven years probation for a second burglary conviction.