A Few San Jose Police Used Force Repeatedly in Arrest Cases

Dear Diary,

When and how the police use force has been a source of great concern this year in the Bay Area, particularly after the shooting death of Oscar Grant III on New Year’s Day by a BART police officer.

The San Jose Mercury News,  a competitor to the NYT which wastes money employing local journalists that have actually been been spending their working hours reporting and writing about a local issue, has found that a small number of San Jose police officers repeatedly used force in cases where resisting arrest is the main, if not only, charge. In a report published Sunday, our competitor said its review of 321 incidents found that 10 officers had used force four times or more in a one-year period; another five had used force three times. I’m going to call 15 a “small number” without pointing out that a year is a shockingly small amount of time, because trouble with a PD that I didn’t do any independent reporting on is the last thing I need. Journalists might be good at rocking the boat, but I prefer to think of myself as a sweet, harmless, pointless blogger who doesn’t rock anything except the credibility of an entire profession.

Among the 10 officers was Steven Payne Jr., who can be seen on a video shocking a Vietnamese student at San Jose State University with his Taser gun, according to the journalists who are provided with a paycheck using advertising sold by our competitor.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the article by a competitor once again raises the question: are police using force too often in seemingly minor cases? Read me rip off the work of more working journalists…


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