Vietnamese students gets $90,000 in lawsuit against US cops

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A Vietnamese student in California has been paid US$90,000 in compensation for being violently beaten up by police officers two years ago, according to a BBC report.

Last year, 22-year-old Ho Quang Phuong, a student of the San Jose State University, filed a lawsuit in the city's federal court against the local police, claiming damages worth $6 million for excessive use of force and violence.

On September 3, 2009, four police officers of the San Jose Police Department (SJPD) used a stun gun and baton to repeatedly hit an unarmed Phuong on suspicion of brandishing a deadly weapon and allegedly resisting arrest.

Earlier, Phuong had allegedly threatened to kill one of his roommates with a steakknife during a dinner time altercation.

During the arrest, another roommate secretly used a cellphone to videotape Phuong's arrest as he was beaten up by police officers.

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The video clip, which was later posted on the internet and used during investigations and court proceedings, showed the police using baton and taser on a handcuffed Phuong.

The SJPD suspended the four police officers and opened investigations into the beating after they received the video clip.

The police department plans to work with a local Vietnamese radio station to provide legal counseling for the Vietnamese community.

"I wish other Vietnamese students in the US never face anything like this," Phuong said.

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