(Newser) – Four San Jose police officers videotaped as they beat and tasered a college student have been placed on administrative leave pending an official review. A grainy cell phone video shows the officers using nightsticks to repeatedly strike Phuong Ho, 20, after responding to a domestic disturbance call last month. Ho yells out and cries in pain. "I don't think you can watch that video and not be very concerned about what you've seen," said San Jose's police chief.
The officers were called to the residence by Ho's roommate, who complained that Ho threatened to kill him with a steak knife after the roomie spilled soapy water onto Ho’s dinner. The same roommate ended up videotaping the beating.
Once again we have a case where the police who are only doing their jobs are suspended. Don't know about you all but it didn't look to me like the officers were maliciously beating this guy. Rather they were merely using the tools they were given to gain control of a suspect who was resisting arrest.
The guy was clearly out of control prior to this incident as evidenced by him threatening his roommate with a knife. The roommate was apparently sufficiently threatened that he called the police.
So how are police supposed to deal with a violent offender resisting arrest?