SAN JOSE (KCBS) – San Jose City Manager Debra Figone is moving to fire one of two officers who violently arrested a college student last year in an incident that was caught on tape.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

The smart phone video shows two police officers repeatedly striking and then tasing San Jose State student Phuong Ho.

The San Jose Police Department had recommended that the officers, who were not criminally charged, be suspended without pay.

But according to the San Jose Mercury News, Figone wants to fire veteran Officer Kenneth Siegel for using “unnecessary and unreasonable” force.

The move is sparking outrage among rank and file officers.

But Richard Konda with the Asian Law Alliance said he is backing Figone’s decision.

“I think her action will send a strong message that this kind of excessive violence won’t be tolerated,” said Konda.

Officer Siegel is expected to appeal his termination. Ho is currently suing the city for his violent arrest.

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Comments (13)
  1. Jimmy Law says:

    The city manager needs to do her job and leave police work to the police. Mr. Ho would not have ben tased if he had followed directions.

    1. Liz P says:

      Until you have been illegally treated by the San Jose Police, you need to keep your mouth shut.

  2. Ching Ling Ling Lou says:

    Leave the police alone. If only the asian moron had respected the law. His lame roomate is the one that called 911 so why the heck is he sitting there filming this. He should be charged.

  3. JaneQPublic says:

    The student was in his own home and not doing ANYTHING wrong when the THUGS showed up and started beating him. Some people just don’t believe cops can do ANY wrong They need to read some history – starting with the Gestapo in Germany. They’d change their tune PDQ if it was THEMSELVES at the receiving end of the thugs baton.

  4. JaneQPublic says:

    or taser!

    And let’s NOT forget the Asian woman killed in her own kitchen because she was holding a vegetable peeler……

    Wake up and smell the coffee. There ARE thugs who wera a uniform & badge. And they DO abuse their authority. It is NOT limitless because we do NOT live in a POLICE STATE. Yet……

  5. Peace says:

    JaneQPublic, You are obvious an asian fresh of the boat. We have laws here in the US and you must obey the law. Get the story straight. The roomate of this asian idiot called the cops because the guy was threatening him. When the cops entered, he threatend them. They have ever right to beat his arc.

  6. Marcus says:

    Oh JaneQ, you are most disillusioned. You need to read the entire story before you make uneducated comments as you just have.

  7. Ping Ming Ching Chong Long Duc says:

    San Jose City Manager Debra Figone is an unfair idiot

  8. SJ Citizen says:

    Stupid City Manager, She needs to get her nose out of police work

  9. San Jose Asian says:

    This police officer needs to get his job back. Too bad this college bully did not learn his lesson. People need to understand that when the police show up you need to do what they say

  10. Native born non-Asian says:

    “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

    Learn this well – you may need YOUR civil rights one day….

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