Six years ago San Jose Police officers shot and killed Bich Cau Thi Tran, a young mentally ill Vietnamese woman, as she stood in her kitchen holding a vegetable peeler. The case sparked a huge local controversy, including public protests, and cries from the local Vietnamese community and other concerned interest groups for better police training in crisis intervention and cultural sensitivity. Last month San Jose Police officers shot and killed Daniel Pham, a young mentally ill Vietnamese man, who was holding a knife when police officers were called to his home. The event has caused many in the community to harken back again to the Bich Cau Thi Tran killing.
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San Jose Police Department releases names of officers in fatal shooting - Story | KTVU
The San Jose Mercury News is asking the police to release a tape of the fatal shooting of Daniel Pham, but a city council committee voted to withhold the tape until after a grand jury investigation. But the Rules and Open Government Committee members indicated they feel the tapes should be released after a grand jury concludes an investigation into the fatal shooting of Daniel Pham. They also want city staff to formulate a policy that will enable tapes to be released in the future, depending on the circumstance. Police officials say the department has a blanket policy of not releasing tapes of the emergency communications. The Mercury News appealed to the council committee to order the Pham tapes released.
San Jose Police Chief Defends Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting That Killed Unarmed Man
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The few people who knew Qazi Do — including his frightened daughter and rattled roommates — all feared the schizophrenic man with a fetish for kitchen knives was heading toward a violent confrontation with police. The showdown they dreaded came on Jan. Do charged at a San Jose police sergeant with a serrated 5-inch knife in each hand. San Jose police Officer Geeno Gular, a year-old Iraq War veteran, opened fire, killing the year-old just before he stabbed the fleeing officer.