Sunday, October 23, 2011

SJPD shoots a man wielding a toy gun

Police officers shot a man wielding a toy gun at the Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel located in San Jose. This was the seventh officer involved shooting in San Jose for 2011.

After having only one officer-involved shooting in the first eight and a half months of 2011, San Jose had six officer-involved shootings during the next 38 days. Hypothetically speaking, if San Jose had six officer-involved shootings every 38 days for an entire year, San Jose would have 57.6 officer-involved shootings during that year.

Remember, in 2010, there were only four officer-involved shootings for the entire year. In 2009, there were only 3. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, San Jose should have 3.5 officer-involved shootings per year (that’s the average of those two years). That means, in that brief 38 day period starting in the middle of September of 2011, the number of officer-involved shootings was over 16 times the normal rate.

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