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Thu Mar 31 2005
Community Demands Open Grand Jury in Eric Kleemeyer Case
Family of Eric Kleemeyer asks for people to contact District Attorney's Office
4/7 Update: "After all of our efforts, they decided to keep it a closed grand jury. This is not the end for us though. We will continue to fight this." Supporters of Eric's family are asking for people to call the Santa Clara County D.A.'s office and complain as a concerned citizen that this case should NOT be a closed Grand Jury. Read more

Eric Kleemeyer was killed by Santa Clara Police on January 4th, 2005. He allegedly did not pull over, as he was driving to his mother's house. He was unarmed and feared for his life, due to a previous beating that went unreported. Police boxed him in a driveway across the street from his mom's house. He was 22 years old. Without identifying themselves or asking him to step out of the car, they opened fire and shot him 9 times. An ambulance arrived, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The family and their attorney have had their case juggled by several people in the District Attorney's office, and they received very short notice of the hearing that will take place on April 1st. The family recently learned of a third car that had pinned Eric in when he was shot. His family believes that after the shooting, the cars were moved to make the scene look like Eric had rammed a police car.

Eric's family is trying to get an open Grand Jury to consider the case. There was a protest on Friday, April 1st at 12pm. It was held at the District Attorney's office, at the corner of Hedding and First Streets at 70 W. Hedding in San Jose. Eric's cousin Katrina says, "We need as much help as we can get. We owe it not only to Eric and Rudy Cardenas, but to the community at large. Thanks in advance for your time and your help." His family is also asking for people to call George Kennedy at the District Attorney's office, at 408 299-3099 and demand an open grand jury. Read more | Justice for Eric Kleemeyer online journal
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