Several lawmakers upset by an all-white jury’s acquittal of a former Houston police officer in the alleged beating of a teenage burglary suspect say they plan to present a bill at next year’s state legislative session to promote diverse juries.
Andrew Blomberg, who is white, was acquitted earlier this month for his part in the alleged beating of Chad Holley, who is black, during a 2010 arrest.
Congressional Democrats Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee said Friday at a Houston news conference they will work with state Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, on legislation to review the number of single-race juries that have decided trials around the state. They also want to require officials to explain why such juries tried a case.
● BEAUMONT — A 38-year-old Nederland man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a woman in the parking lot of the Southeast Texas daycare where she worked.
● McALLEN — A federal judge in McAllen has ordered a South Texas sheriff’s deputy held without bond for his alleged role in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy.
● HOUSTON — A Houston man is dead after undercover police officers say they shot him when he began attacking them with a box cutter.
● BROWNSVILLE — A U.S. customs officer has been arrested in South Texas on federal charges of illegally buying guns for another person.
Compiled from wire reports