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After teen's beating, activists seek police oversight

Black community activists, angered by the beating of an African-American juvenile burglary suspect in police custody, called Tuesday for creation of a citizens review panel to combat racial discrimination by Houston police.

NAACP leaders, along with representatives of a nearly a dozen community groups, said the beating of then 15-year-old Chad Holley is the latest example of Houston police officers abusing minorities. Eight officers have been suspended in the incident, which was recorded by a surveillance camera at a nearby storage facility.

“We are calling for a civilian review board with investigative and subpoena power,” said community activist Quanell X. He called upon state lawmakers to pass legislation to create such a board.

Gary Blankinship, president of the Houston Police Officers' Union, said similar legislation is introduced every legislative session and it fails.

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