San Jose Police Cleared Of Using Excessive Force

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – A finding has cleared the San Jose Police Department of using excessive force in making minor arrests, but has done little to resolve the concerns of several community groups.

The groups claim the findings mean very little because the study only looked at 180 cases involving resisting arrest.

Richard Konda with the Asian Law Alliance is a frequent critic of the police department. He said the report failed to address two major incidents that raised considerable community outrage.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“There was a case involving a San Jose State student. That incident was caught on tape,” Konda said. “He was beaten with a baton and it seemed like excessive force. Another case involved Daniel Pham. He was shot 14 times by two police officers. Those two cases seem to me to be cases involving excessive force.”

Acting San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore said the department takes the use of force allegations seriously.

“I don’t believe that our department has a systemic problem with use of force,” Moore said. “But to the extent that we do have allegations, we’re going to investigate them fully and make sure that we don’t have a situation come up where we have a concern.”

The five-member panel that exonerated the department included the city manager and deputy police auditor.

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  • Brenda Eldridge

    It figures! They are usually always cleared…

  • Jon

    dont give the police a reason to have to use force. if they tell you to get down you get down just like people that reach in their pants really fast to grab something. the police dont want to have to use force or even have to taze or use their weapons but they have to think about their safety first as well as public safety if someone is making an attempt at harming an officer or resisting arrest by not allowing the police officers to do their job then they are going to have to use force

    • Damien

      Jon your a man that obviously is in dire need of understanding social behavior problems. Why will you back the people like those officers hurting people? While those so-called Policemen thinking because they have a job, they will do it no matter How or what force is used… Yet knowing if they do something wrong they still get backed up by people Lyiing within their own ranks. Because thats what they do! Its all over the country if you read the news here in California.

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  • Jerry

    Looks like Damien and Brenda have never been victims of crimes. It’s easy to Monday morning quarter-back from the safety of your computer. If you dare, go on a ride-a-long with these officers, AT NIGHT, so that you can get a taste of what you are to scared to ever do. When you lay down at night in the safety of your comfortable home, remember that it is because of those officers that you are quick to judge that make it possible for you to sleep!

  • BayWatcher

    Just read this again: “He was shot 14 times by two police officers” He was down after the first 1 or 2 shots. Why 2 police fired 14 shots @ him

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