02/24/2010

Charges dropped against Calif. student in videotaped arrest

Officers used batons and a TASER on the student in the controversial incident

San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — After months of investigation, Santa Clara County prosecutors dropped all criminal charges Tuesday against a 21-year-old Vietnamese college student whose violent and secretly videotaped arrest last year heightened tension between San Jose police and minority communities.

But the other half of the Phuong Ho arrest controversy remains unresolved. Will four officers face criminal charges for striking with batons and using a Taser on the San Jose State student who had been involved in a dinnertime altercation with a roommate? Prosecutors will not say. But a decision is expected soon, perhaps in days.

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