Family of San Jose teen killed by Pleasanton police speaks out


SAN JOSE (KRON) —  The family of a San Jose teenager shot and killed by Pleasanton police early Sunday morning is speaking out.

The shooting happening just after 2 a.m. Police were responding to a burglary alarm at a car dealership on First Street.

Mark Geragos, an attorney for the family of 19-year-old John Deming Jr. who was killed, said he has “grave concerns” about the police practices that led to the shooting. In his statement he noted that Deming was a recent graduate from Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose and the son of an Oakdale reserve police officer.

The devastated family of John Deming shared their grief with KRON 4.

Deming was shot when after he tried to run from police. Officers gave chase and Deming got into a fight with an officer. Fearing for their safety, a veteran officer shot and killed Deming.

“If there are seven police officers and one Bubba, I don’t understand why it necessary to shoot a young man,” said Linda Stasi, the victim’s mother.

Watch the interview with KRON 4 News and Justine Waldman.

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