Family of woman killed by San Jose police looking for answers

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SAN JOSE (KRON) — Wednesday afternoon, the parents of Jennifer Vasquez spoke to the media on the spot where their daughter died Christmas morning. They family is pleading for the Santa Clara District Attorney to take a closer look at the case because  they believe the police department is not being forthcoming about what happened.

“San Jose in the early morning hours of Christmas day committed cold blooded murder against Jennifer Vasquez,” said Lydia Jimenez in a prepared statement by the family. 

This all started early on Christmas morning, when San Jose police officers responded to reports of a shooting near San Jose City College. When officers arrived on scene, they spotted and pursued a white vehicle leaving the area, believing it may have been the suspect in the shooting.

Following a high speed chase through city streets, the car crashed into a fence here near the intersection of Fruitdale and Leigh avenues.

According to San Jose Police, the driver of the vehicle, Vasquez, then attempted to ram police with her car, prompting four officers to open fire.

Vasquez was killed and a passenger in the vehicle suffered non life threatening injuries.  Upon further investigation, police determined that Vasquez was not the suspect in the earlier shooting but they believe her actions prompted the officers to use deadly force.

Vasquez’s family believes the officers murdered their daughter and they want charges brought against them.

“The community and the family ask you, district attorney, to follow the facts and file accordingly,” the family said in a statement.

The family is also asking police to release any body cam or dash camera video that may have recorded the incident.  The police department said that because the multiple investigations are still ongoing, they will not be releasing any video. 

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