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abanks47
10-25-2009, 10:13 PM
Video inside link, i watched this shit and the motherfucker is crying like a child
http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_13639917?source=most_emailed

San Jose police officials said on Sunday that four officers who were at the scene when a student was repeatedly struck with a baton and was shocked with a Taser gun have been placed on administrative leave while the department reviews the incident captured on a grainy cell phone video.

The mayor, the police chief and a city councilman on Sunday all separately voiced concern, and vowed that a department review would be fair and complete.

Their comments follow the posting by the Mercury News on Sunday of the grainy video, which documents extensive force as Phuong Ho, 20, a San Jose State University math major from Vietnam, was taken into custody after San Jose police responded to a disturbance call.

Police
reports of the Sept. 3 incident state officer Kenneth Siegel used his baton, and officer Steven Payne Jr. used his Taser gun to subdue Ho, whom the reports describe as violently kicking and refusing to comply with their orders as they attempted to place Ho in handcuffs.

But the grainy video, taken by one of Ho's roommates, documents more than 10 baton strikes as well as Taser gun usage that some experts contacted by the Mercury News described as excessive and potentially criminal.

Police officials said Siegel and Payne, as well as two other officers who were at the scene Jerome Smith and Gabriel Reyes were placed on leave while their internal review proceeds.

"I don't think you can watch that video and not be very concerned about what you've seen," said Police Chief Rob Davis in a telephone interview on Sunday.

Davis said key questions will be what occurred before the video was started, whether any force was needed and, if so, whether the force used was excessive.

The chief said the department philosophy is to use "the lowest level of force" needed, adding, "So clearly when I see that video, I have concerns."

Outside experts who reviewed the videotape at the request of the newspaper said they were concerned that Ho can be heard moaning and crying as he was on the ground, rather than offering substantial resistance. And experts expressed alarm that Ho appears to have been handcuffed before the final baton strike occurs.

The video shows San Jose officers' actions after they were called because of a Sept. 3 encounter between Ho and a roommate, Jeremy Suftin, that began when Suftin slopped soap on Ho's dinner steak. The two scuffled and Ho picked up a steak knife, saying that in Vietnam "I would kill you" for this.

At least some roommates laughed at the comment, as shown on a videotape reviewed by the Mercury News. But Suftin said he took it seriously, and the police were called.

Ho quickly dropped the
knife and was not armed when police arrived, according to witnesses. But police reports state he ignored commands to stand in a hallway as officers entered his room to check his wallet for identification. When Ho tried to follow officer Siegel into his room, officer Payne pushed him into a wall in the hallway, forced him to the floor and attempted to handcuff him, their reports state.

It was then that another roommate captured on video the officers using repeated baton strikes and a Taser gun on Ho, who was on the floor.

Mayor Chuck Reed issued a statement Sunday saying he was "troubled by the contents of the video," and he praised the department for promptly opening an investigation.

And the department issued a separate press release saying that the results will be reviewed for potential discipline as well as sent to the district attorney for potential criminal charges.

Chief Davis said the department will attempt to further enhance the videotape, which department officials first learned about after it was obtained by the Mercury News last week from Ho's lawyer. Even if Ho was on his back, and not rolling over when told to do so by officers, "For me it's a question: Even if in a given situation someone is resistant and not complying, was the force we saw in that video justified and necessary?"

The department is undertaking a pilot project in which a group of officers will wear recording equipment, as a way to monitor incidents in the field. "We think this will go a long way to resolving some of these questions," the chief said.

Both the mayor and the police chief emphasized the need to respect the rights of the officers. City Councilman Sam Liccardo, who represents District 3, echoed that call while adding, "Our restraint from prejudging the situation shouldn't make Phuong Ho's cries of pain any less disturbing to our collective conscience."

PALEHORSE
10-25-2009, 10:15 PM
theyll be back

Sheep Shifter
10-25-2009, 11:11 PM
Fuck police departments, we need worker elected militias that represent the views of the community and uphold their interests above all. These pigs only serve and protect the state, the bourgeois and bourgeois property.

PALEHORSE
10-25-2009, 11:35 PM
thats why everyone should own a gun...its a equalizer

ALCATRAZ
10-25-2009, 11:41 PM
piggies on da loose

diggy
10-26-2009, 12:03 AM
Shame.