San Jose Police Beat Unarmed Vietnamese Student
A cell phone video showing police officers hitting an unarmed Vietnamese student with batons and a Taser gun has sparked a criminal investigation. The video, posted by the San Jose Mercury News, shows police hitting San Jose State math major Phuong Ho ten times, including a shot to the head, and one hit after he was already in handcuffs.
“It takes me back to the day I saw the Rodney King video on TV,” said Roger Clark, a police expert and a retired lieutenant with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
The last baton strike ought to bring a felony charge, Clark said.
Police were called after an argument with a roommate, and they had difficulty understanding Ho’s accent.
An officer can be heard on the video shouting, “Turn over!” Ho can be heard moaning and crying as he’s struck.
“In philosophy, they call it ‘dehumanization,'” Ho told the Mercury News. “So when they think me a dangerous guy, they don’t treat me like I was human. They hit me like an animal or something.”
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