USA / VIETNAM – Beaten Vietnam student got $90,000 from US (2011-05-12)

Published on May 12 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “Ho Quang Phuong received US$90,000 of non-taxable compensation for his injuries from the government of San Jose, California on May 9, two years after he was reportedly battered with batons and a Taser gun by the state’s police officers, BBC Vietnamese reported.”]]

Vietnam.net: (excerpt from extensive site on “society in Vietnam”)

Ho Quang Phuong received US$90,000 of non-taxable compensation for his injuries from the government of San Jose, California on May 9, two years after he was reportedly battered with batons and a Taser gun by the state’s police officers, BBC Vietnamese reported.

“Although I didn’t sustain severe wounds, the incident seriously violated my honor,” the 22-year-old San Jose State Mathematics student said. “The money couldn’t compensate for the dishonor they inflicted on me when they [San Jose police officers] not only repeatedly beat me but also turn me into a laughing-stock.”

“I hope nothing of this kind will ever happen again in the future, particularly to overseas Vietnamese students,” Phuong added.

In September, 2009, four officers arrested an unarmed Phuong, charging him with assaulting one of his roommates. They hit him with a baton more than 10 times, including one over the head.

They reportedly pushed Phuong into a wall and wrestled him to the floor of his apartment, claiming he resisted being handcuffed.

One of Phuong’s roommates, Dimitri Masouris, captured the entire event on his cell phone, which was later released and sparked a fury in the Vietnamese community in the US.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/society/8105/society-in-brief-12-5.html

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