The attorney for a police officer shown on video striking an unarmed Vietnamese university student with a baton says the student was to blame for the incident.
Terry Bowman, who represents Officer Kenneth Siegel, told the San Jose Mercury News that 20-year-old Phuong Ho was being "combative and noncompliant" when officers tried to arrest him.
The cell phone video, recorded by Ho's roommate at San Jose State University, shows Siegel hitting Ho repeatedly with a baton and Officer Steven Payne Jr. using a stun gun on him. Police were called Sept. 3 after Ho allegedly threatened a roommate with a steak knife.
Payne's attorney, Craig Brown, also says Ho resisted arrest.
Siegel, Payne and two others at the scene have been placed on leave as authorities investigate the incident.