Day four in the “official oppression” trial against a former Houston police officer saw the defendant take the stand in his own defense.
Drew Ryser walked the jury through the 2010 videotaped burglary arrest of teen Chad Holley, explaining the routine stop turned “scary” when Holley jumped from a truck and grabbed his pants.
His unit was warned Holley's gang may be armed, so he looked for Holley's hands, telling his lawyer “because hands kill you.”
Ryser is accused of kicking and punching the teen, but claims he used Rugby moves, and against prosecutors' objections, he demonstrated those moves before the court.
Testimony is expected to wrap up Friday. Ryser faces up to a year in jail if convicted on the misdemeanor charge.
One officer was acquitted of all charges last year, two others struck plea deals.
Holley currently is serving seven years probation on a second burglary charge.