A half an hour before midnight, San Jose police spotted a stolen vehicle at the corner of McLaughlin Avenue and Barrington Court. Right after midnight, Filogonio Orozco got into the stolen vehicle and attempted to drive away. When the police tried to stop him, Orozco tried to run them over. The police responded by shooting Orozco. This was the second officer-involved shooting in San Jose during 2011.
In 2010, there were four officer-involved shootings in San Jose. In 2009, there were three officer-involved shootings in San Jose. Before today, there had only been one officer-involved shooting in the city during 2011. If you annualize that rate, you come up with something like 1.4 officer-involved shootings for 2011. That’s pretty good. Things, however, would get much worse very soon.
I grew up in Sunnyvale, which is located close to San Jose. In fact, my father works in San Jose, a fact that I’m sure is not lost on my government.