Houston police chief Charles McClelland released the following statement after a jury reached a not guilty verdict in former officer Andrew Blomberg's trial.
"I would like to thank the jury for their hard work and dedication in listening to the evidence and rendering a decision in this case. I understand that some will disagree with the verdict, and although no system is perfect, our system of jurisprudence provides appropriate safeguards to protect our freedom.
"I also appreciate the citizens of Houston and trust that they will continue to express themselves in a manner that is respectful of the rights and privileges we all share. It is important to remember that the officer that was the subject of this trial is no longer a Houston police officer and that a separate and distinct administrative process has confirmed his termination from the Houston Police Department. He will never again be a Houston Police Officer.
"I also want to thank the men and women of the Houston Police Department who work hard each day and remain dedicated to protecting and serving the public in a professional manner."
-Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr.