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Orange County Koreans Protest Police Shooting

Korea Times and Korea Daily, Posted: Jan 09, 2008

LA HABRA, Calif. -- A police shooting of a Korean American man drew an angry crowd in La Habra, Calif., a bedroom community with a population of 59,000, reported Korea Times and Korea Daily. Michael Sungman Cho, 25, died on Dec. 31, 2007 at approximately 2:00 p.m. in a hail of at least 10 bullets fired by two La Habra police officers who had responded to a call for multiple-vandalism. The police said officers believed Cho was about to attack them with a tire iron that he was holding. On Jan. 5, 2008, five days after the death of Cho, a UCLA graduate and promising sculptor, the family members, friends, and neighbors gathered at the scene of the shooting and held a candlelight vigil. On Monday night, two days after the vigil, more than 30 people, including Chos parents, showed up at the La Habra City Council meeting and demanded justice and a transparent, speedy investigation. Cho's supporters assert that the police had used excessive force against him. The Orange County District Attorneys Office is looking into the incident.

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