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    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A driver and his passenger were killed when their car was struck by a commercial van that ran a red light Sunday morning, San Jose police said. Officers were called to the crash scene at Alum Rock and Alexander avenues about 8:15 a.m. Police said a preliminary investigation determined that a white 2007 work van was speeding westbound on Alum Rock and went through a red light, colliding with a red 2002 Nissan Maxima going southbound on Alexander Avenue. The man driving the Nissan was pronounced dead at the scene and his woman passenger died later at a local hospital, police said. The identity of the victims will be released by the Santa Clara County...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Homicide detectives were investigating a late Saturday night fatal stabbing near police headquarters in downtown San Jose, authorities said. According to police, officers responded to the 300 block of West Hedding Street on a report of stabbing at around 10:50 p.m. When they arrived they located an adult male suffering from at least one stab wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, but shortly after arriving he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The identity of the victim will be released by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office after confirming the victim’s identity and notifying next of kin. Investigators said there were currently no suspects identified or...
    SAN JOSE — Police say a pedestrian was killed by a motorist early Sunday morning. The collision happened in the area of North Capitol Avenue and McKee Road, according to a tweet by the San Jose Police Department. Police first reported the incident at about 2 a.m. No other details were immediately available. Please check back for more updates.     
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A driver died after he lost control of a car and hit a tree Saturday morning in San Jose, police said. The man was driving a blue 2005 Toyota Scion at a high rate of speed, eastbound on Branham Lane near Sidlaw Court, about 9:30 a.m. when the car veered into the tree, according to San Jose police. The man’s name was not released. There were no passengers in the car, police said. The death is San Jose’s 33rd traffic fatality this year. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Malvido #4206 with the department’s traffic investigation unit at 408-277-4654. © Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News. All Rights Reserved. This...
    A man was killed after crashing his car into a tree in San Jose on Saturday morning, police said. The man was driving a 2005 Toyota Scion east on Branham Lane at Sidlaw Court, lost control and hit a tree at around 9:40 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the crash site. No one else was in the car and police have not yet released his name. His death was the city’s 33rd traffic fatality of the year. Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact the San Jose Police Department’s Traffic Investigation Unit at 408-277-4654.
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A 34-year-old San Jose man has become the fourth suspect arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing of David Perez in downtown San Jose earlier this week. On Saturday morning, San Jose detectives said they had booked Fernando Vargas into Santa Clara County jail on a murder charge. They had already booked three others on homicide charges — San Jose residents Manuel Avila, 40; Gregory Messenger, 25; and Cynthia Alvarez, 45. Those three had been arrested in Milpitas on Tuesday. (L-R) Manuel Avila, Gregory Messenger, Cynthia Alvarez (San Jose Police Dept.) The four were accused of killing the 39-year-old Perez in the 100 block of North Sixth Street. Officers responded to the location at 5:09...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — San Jose police are, once again, back walking beats, as the department’s ranks have recovered from near historic lows and are now near full force. The department is authorized for 1,159 officers with 1,130 of those positions filled. Of the filled positions, 950 are full duty with the remaining balance of officers off-duty for various reasons, such as injuries or medical leave, according to Capt. Elle Washburn. “These ‘walking beats’ allow for additional resources outside of the beat structure that allows these officers go into identified neighborhoods and really get out of the car and talk to people. Your basic tenets of community policing. It’s human engagement, it’s learning firsthand accounts, some of the problems that...
    SAN JOSE – Three suspects have been arrested in connection with a recent fatal stabbing in downtown San Jose, police announced Friday. In a news release, San Jose police identified the suspects as 40-year-old Manuel Avila, 25-year-old Gregory Messenger and 45-year-old Cynthia Alvarez, all of San Jose. The stabbing was reported on the 100 block of North 6th Street about 5:10 a.m. on Monday. Officers arrived to find 39-year-old San Jose resident David Perez suffering from at least one stab wound. He was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time later. Perez’s death marked the city’s 29th homicide of the year. Police said an “extensive follow-up investigation” by homicide detectives led to the identification of the suspects....
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Three people were arrested on murder charges after a man was stabbed to death in downtown San Jose, according to authorities. San Jose police announced Friday that the stabbing happened on the 100 block of N. 6th St. at around 5 a.m. Monday. Officers found a man suffering from at least one stab wound; he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a hospital, police said. The victim was identified as 39-year-old David Perez of San Jose. It was the city’s 29th homicide of 2020. Detectives identified three suspects who were arrested in Milpitas on Tuesday. They were identified as San Jose residents Manuel Avila, 40; Gregory Messenger, 25; and Cynthia Alvarez, 45. All three...
    SAN JOSE — The second victim of last week’s mass shooting just south of San Jose State University’s campus was a 24-year-old San Jose resident, according to the Santa Clara County coroner’s office. Cristian Gonzales, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene and identified by the coroner’s office Friday. Frank Mosqueda Jr., 21, also died at the scene and had been previously identified. A total of six people were wounded Sept. 15 at about 10 p.m. in a suspected drive-by attack that left two people dead, police said. The shooting occurred on the 600 block of South Eighth Street, about two blocks south of the SJSU campus. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Mosqueda and Gonzales suffering from...
    SAN JOSE — The man stabbed Monday morning in downtown San Jose has been identified by the Santa Clara County coroner’s office as a 39-year-old unhoused resident. David Perez, 39, was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to a nearby hospital, following an attack by an unknown assailant at the intersection of Sixth and Santa Clara streets at about 5 a.m. Monday. San Jose Police said there was a “large crime scene” that forced officers to block traffic for two blocks on Santa Clara Street, a main thoroughfare through downtown, from Fifth to Seventh streets. Police had not yet identified a suspect, and an investigation was currently under way. Anyone with information is asked to contact the SJPD’s homicide unit...
    SAN JOSE — After three startling homicides occurred within a few days of each other downtown — a double-fatal shooting near San Jose State University and a deadly stabbing near City Hall — police have boosted their downtown presence to offer a visible response to the violence. The San Jose Police Department added 12 patrol units to drive and walk around the downtown area this week and will hold that at least through the weekend, according to police officials. “When we have those incidents in proximity, geography, and time wise, we know people can be on edge,” police Chief Eddie Garcia said. “We needed to do something more for our residents.” Police investigate a fatal stabbing as a homicide on...
    SAN JOSE — Dozens of people gathered Wednesday evening in San Jose to protest a Kentucky grand jury’s decision not to charge any police officers for their role in Breonna Taylor’s death in Louisville earlier this year. The jury charged a single former officer, Brett Hankison, for shooting into neighboring apartments, a charge known as wanton endangerment. Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by police officers who entered her home during a narcotics investigation on March 13. The warrant used to search her home was connected to a suspect who did not live there and no drugs were found inside. Protesters across the country have demanded justice for Taylor and other Black people killed by police in recent...
    San Jose officials have decided not to move forward with Silicon Valley real estate billionaire John Arrillaga’s controversial proposal to build a brand new 100,000-square-foot police training and academy complex for the city. But they are continuing to look for a more suitable site for their much-desired $43 million-plus police facility. “Between us and the potential partner, we just weren’t able to figure out a deal that made sense,” San Jose Public Works Director Matt Cano said in a recent interview, adding that the city still has “an urgency” to find and acquire a property on which to build a police training facility. The revelation comes admist national and local calls to divert funding away from police departments and just...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Police have asked for the public’s help in locating a stolen food trailer and identifying the thieves who brazenly drove it away in San Jose last week, leaving local family devastated. Detectives said on Sept. 13th the trailer was stolen from a parking lot in the area of Berryessa Road and Capitol Avenue. The crime was captured on surveillance video. That video — released Monday by San Jose Police — showed a white Chevrolet truck arriving at the location and a man wearing a backward baseball cap beginning to work on the trailer hitch. The truck backs up, hooks up the trailer and the thieves then drive away. The trailer has purple colors on it...
    SAN JOSE – Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a food vending trailer that was stolen on Sept. 17, leaving a San Jose family without its sole source of income. Surveillance video released Monday shows two men in a white Chevrolet pickup truck towing the trailer away from a gas station at Berryessa Road and Capitol Avenue. “This trailer is owned by a family and they have now lost a major source of income during these tough economic times for small family owned businesses,” police said in news release. Juana Quiroz Ayala and Francisco Ayala purchased the trailer for $70,000 and in 2015 opened Adelita Cocina Centroamericana y Mexicana. In an interview last week, the couple...
    SAN JOSE – A San Jose police officer and a motorist were injured in a suspected DUI crash in Japantown early Monday, police said. The traffic collision was reported just before 1 a.m. at North 3rd and East Taylor streets. A motorist ran a stop sign and collided with a patrol car in the intersection, said San Jose police Sgt. Christian Camarillo. “Alcohol is suspected to be a factor,” Camarillo said. Camarillo said the motorist was taken to a hospital with major injuries, which were not considered to be life-threatening. The officer was treated for minor injuries and released. Check back for updates. Related Articles Defendants plead not guilty, opt for speedy trial in Santa Clara County concealed-gun permit...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A San Jose couple is pleading for the community to help them locate their stolen food truck.The devastated family says this truck was their only source of income and their American Dream."Where is my Adelita?" Juanita Ayala asked. "When I saw the guy taking it I can just imagine my truck saying, 'I need help, I need help!'"In 2015, Juanita and Francisco Ayala accomplished their American dream and a week ago two thieves drove off with it.RELATED: Bay Area small businesses face closure, uncertain future amid COVID-19 despite state resources"I need my food truck for work. To work for my kids, I want to send my kids to college, to university. Right now I can't...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A San Jose couple is pleading for the community to help them locate their stolen food truck.The devastated family says this truck was their only source of income and their American Dream."Where is my Adelita?" Juanita Ayala asked. "When I saw the guy taking it I can just imagine my truck saying, 'I need help, I need help!'"In 2015, Juanita and Francisco Ayala accomplished their American dream and a week ago two thieves drove off with it.RELATED: Bay Area small businesses face closure, uncertain future amid COVID-19 despite state resources"I need my food truck for work. To work for my kids, I want to send my kids to college, to university. Right now I can't...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A man died from a stabbing early Monday morning in San Jose, marking the city’s 29th homicide of 2020. Officers responded at 5:09 a.m. to the area of North Sixth and Santa Clara streets, where they found the victim suffering from at least one stab wound, according to San Jose police. The victim was transported to a hospital and succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving. The stabbing’s motive and circumstances are under investigation and no arrest or suspect information was immediately available from police. The victim’s identity will be released by the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office after their next of kin is notified of the death. Anyone with information about the case...
    SAN JOSE – A bicyclist died late Sunday night when they were struck by a car in the Alum Rock neighborhood of San Jose, authorities said. The collision occurred around 11:15 p.m. Sunday on White Road, just south of Alum Rock Avenue, according to San Jose Police. Police said the driver remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators. The fatality was the 32nd on San Jose roadways this year and the sixth pedestrian or bicyclist to die on city roads since the beginning of September, also known as “Pedestrian Safety Month” in California. No other information was immediately available. Check back for updates.
    SAN JOSE — At least one person has died after being stabbed in what police are investigating as a homicide in downtown San Jose. Police responded just before 6 a.m. Monday to calls about a knife attack at the intersection of Sixth and Santa Clara Streets, where a victim was suffering from life-threatening injuries. It was determined to be a homicide shortly thereafter. Police said there was a “large crime scene” that would shut down traffic on Santa Clara Street — a main thoroughfare through downtown — between Fifth and Seventh Streets. The stabbing occurred a short walk from San Jose City Hall and a block away from the campus of San Jose State University. There was no information immediately...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A San Jose police officer was injured early Monday after a car ran a stop sign and slammed into his patrol vehicle authorities said. According to San Jose Police Officer Gary Thompson the collision took place around 1 a.m. at the intersection of 3rd St. and E. Taylor St. in downtown San Jose. “There are independent witnesses and video that shows that the other vehicle ran a stop sign and hit the police car,” he said. The unidentified officer and the driver of the other vehicle both suffered injuries and were transported to the hospital for treatment. Their conditions were not released as of early Monday morning. Video of the scene showed that the black...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — San Jose police and city leaders said Friday they’ve seen a significant rise in sideshows and street races in the past few months. “I’m upset and really it’s because the racing that we’re seeing is endangering people’s lives,” said city councilmember Maya Esparza. “I get a complaint — at least one, usually several — every single day.” Both Esparza and councilmember Johnny Khamis said the sideshows aren’t limited to one part of the city. “It’s been a nightmare,” said Khamis. “We’ve seen crashes increase in our area, bad crashes.” “These are in neighborhoods next to where families are living and kids are playing,” Esparza said. The councilmember said she’s even had to warn her constituents not...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The driver of a speeding car died after losing control of the vehicle, hitting a tree and coming to rest in the Guadalupe River, San Jose police said Thursday evening. San Jose police Sgt. Christian Camarillo said officers responded to the solo-vehicle accident at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the area of Airport Boulevard, east of Coleman Avenue. The Honda CRV was traveling eastbound on Airport Boulevard at a high rate of speed when its driver lost control and crashed into a tree, coming to rest afterwards in the river. Paramedics pronounced the driver dead at the scene. No one else was in the vehicle. Police said this San Jose’s 31st traffic fatality of the year....
    A motorist was killed in a solo-vehicle collision on Airport Boulevard east of Coleman Avenue in San Jose about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, San Jose police said. SAN JOSE – A motorist was killed in a crash near San Jose International Airport on Thursday evening, police said. The collision was reported on Airport Boulevard east of Coleman Avenue about 6:30 p.m., said San Jose police Sgt. Christian Camarillo. Camarillo said an initial investigation revealed that a Honda CRV was traveling eastbound on Airport at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and hit a tree. The Honda came to a rest in the Guadalupe River. Paramedics pronounced the driver dead at the scene, said...
    SAN JOSE – A suspect has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in San Jose last month, police said. The shooting was reported on the 400 block of North 12th Street, near Washington Street, about 8:10 a.m. on Aug. 24. Officers arrived to find 38-year-old San Jose resident Jose Gaytan suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Gaytan was pronounced dead at the scene, marking the city’s 24th homicide of the year. Homicide detectives identified San Jose resident Hector Castillo, 32, as a suspect in the case and obtained a warrant for his arrest, said San Jose police Officer Steve Aponte. Aponte said the police department’s Covert Response Unit arrested Castillo on Thursday. Castillo was booked into Santa...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a deadly shooting near Downtown San Jose last month. According to police, 32-year-old Hector Castillo was arrested by the department’s Covert Response Unit in connection with the killing of 38-year-old Jose Gaytan. Castillo is accused of shooting Gaytan on the 400 block of North 12th Street around 8 a.m. on August 24th. When police arrived, they found the victim with at least one gunshot wound. Gaytan was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Hector Castillo. (San Jose Police Department) Police said Castillo was taken into custody on Thursday and booked into the Santa Clara County jail without bail. According to jail records, Castillo is...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Despite backlash from San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and community activists, the City Council voted 10-1 on Tuesday to allow police officers to continue the use of rubber bullets and other projectile impact weapons in some crowded situations if they are directly attacked. San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia banned the use of rubber bullets as a method of crowd control on June 16, so officers could no longer use them to control crowds, only to defend themselves. However, Liccardo said that was not enough. “I am not comfortable, knowing what we know from international experience and national experience, that this is something that we’re going to authorize to use in crowded situations,” Liccardo said....
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose police have found a sixth person injured in a shooting that left two people dead Tuesday night, investigators said Wednesday.Officers responded around 10 p.m. to the shooting reported in the 600 block of South Eighth Street and arrived to find five people shot. Two died at the scene and the other three were taken to hospitals, where they are expected to survive, according to police.Investigators later learned a sixth person had also been shot and was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.RELATED: SJ police release bodycam video from George Floyd protestsNo arrest has been made in the case and no suspect information was immediately available Wednesday morning. The homicides...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two people were killed and four were injured in a shooting near San Jose State University late Tuesday, police said. Officers responding to a call about a shooting found five people shot, two were declared dead at the scene and three others were taken to the hospital. The injured are expected to survive, said San Jose Police Sgt. Christian Camarillo in a statement. Detectives found a sixth person who was also shot and was treated at a hospital for a non-life-threatening injury, Camarillo said. No suspects have been identified or arrested and a motive has not been determined, he said. Police planned to have a news conference Wednesday to provide more information. Copyright 2020 The Associated...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Two people are dead and three others are injured after a shooting in San Jose, police said Tuesday night.The shooting was first reported at 10 p.m. in the the 600 block of South 8th Street, according to San Jose Police Department.When officers arrived, "units discovered a total of 5 shooting victims, each suffering from at least one gun shot wound," police said.Two of the victims died at the scene. The other three were rushed to local hospitals.RELATED: SJ police release bodycam video from George Floyd protestsTheir conditions are unknown at this time."At the moment we have five shooting victims, two are deceased," police said.There is not yet a suspect description or motive available, police said,...
    SANTA CRUZ — Police took a Santa Cruz man into custody Tuesday morning for the second time at the same location in a week, a downtown business owner said. Santa Cruz police officers deploy nonlethal sponge weapons as they respond to an intruder in a River Street business Tuesday. (Shmuel Thaler — Santa Cruz Sentinel)  Ron Cash, owner of Ron Cash Automotive Service on River Street, told the Sentinel that he observed the familiar face and left, locking the man in behind the business’ chainlink fence, then called police. Related Articles San Jose: Two killed in quintuple shooting Fremont man pleads guilty to gun charge in federal court Full containment of CZU fire expected...
    Two individuals had been killed — and three wounded — in a taking pictures close to San Jose State College Tuesday evening, police stated. The gun violence occurred close to South eighth Road and East Reed Road about 10 p.m. native time, in line with the San Jose Police Division. San Jose police Sgt. Christian Camarillo stated that two individuals died on the scene of the taking pictures and three others had been taken to the hospital. The situation of the three hospitalized victims was not identified. Police didn’t present a suspect description. Extra particulars in regards to the taking pictures weren’t instantly offered.
    Two people were killed — and three wounded — in a shooting near San Jose State University Tuesday night, police said. The gun violence occurred near South 8th Street and East Reed Street about 10 p.m. local time, according to the San Jose Police Department. San Jose police Sgt. Christian Camarillo said that two people died at the scene of the shooting and three others were taken to the hospital. The condition of the three hospitalized victims was not known. Police did not provide a suspect description. Additional details about the shooting were not immediately provided.
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) – In a late-night session, the San Jose City Council made sweeping policy changes to the police department. In a 10-1 vote, lawmakers approved changes to the duty manual, including a ban on the use of rubber bullets to control crowds. The effort to make the changes stems from a protest turned violent when San Jose Police officers fired rubber bullets several times at the crowd gathered outside City Hall on May 31. “It was really impressive to see community leaders and activists. Then you guys started to use them as target practice,” Scott Largent, a San Jose resident said in the Zoom meeting. Megan Swift, another San Jose resident added, “San Jose Police Department, you broke...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – San Jose police units were on the scene of a multiple-fatal shooting near San Jose State University, Tuesday night. Five people were shot, 2 were killed, according to police. It happened in the 600 block of South 8th Street around 10 p.m. There were few details, but police tweeted that units were on the scene and updates would be provided soon.
    Newly-released body cam footage and a report from the San Jose Police Department about the handling of the George Floyd protests earlier this summer reinvigorated a heated debate within the city this week over the merits of using rubber bullets during protests and crowded situations. But despite adamant opposition from San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and many community activists and protestors, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday voted 10-1 to allow police officers to use the projectiles in some crowded situations and protests. “As we remove some of the tools — especially those less-than-lethal tools — then we limit officers on the options that they have, and then you do put officers in situations where you’re asking them to...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Months after the civil unrest in San Jose stemming from the Minnesota police killing of George Floyd, top leaders from the city's police department made an appearance before the city council Tuesday afternoon to address their handling of the protests.RELATED: 38 people arrested, several officers injured in violent San Jose protestsAhead of the meeting, police released bodycam footage to the public, highlighting a trio of incidents, including one where they said someone tried to disarm an officer. They also addressed Officer Jaren Yuen's use of profane language, as well as a pedestrian who was stuck by a motorcycle cop.In addition, the department released an analysis of their overall response in a 240+ page report.The initial...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – Members of the San Jose City Council on Tuesday are discussing a proposal to ban the firing of rubber bullets during crowded protests. The proposal is part of the continuing fallout from the George Floyd protests that happened at City Hall in May, in which several peaceful protesters and bystanders were injured by the potentially lethal rounds. Police Chief Eddie Garcia has already discouraged the use of rubber bullets for crowd control in the SJPD duty manual, but Mayor Sam Liccardo said that does not go far enough to protect the public. “The problem is they can’t be aimed very well. We’ve seen dozens of fatalities around the world using these devices, and they really...
    SAN JOSE — A new report states that officers’ inexperience with large protest crowds led to issues with the San Jose Police Department’s chaotic response to demonstrators protesting the police killing of George Floyd this summer — a response that drew widespread criticism over the department’s use of rubber bullets, tear gas and other munitions to disperse unarmed and nonviolent civilians protesting the disproportionate use of force against black men and women by police. The “after action” report produced by SJPD was provided to the City Council ahead of a Tuesday meeting in which the department’s tactics and disclosure of body-camera videos are expected to receive more scrutiny from local lawmakers. On Friday, the department released officer-recorded footage of three...
    San Jose police released body cam footage worn by officers during several tense faceoffs with protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death, including one incident where a cop was seen taunting demonstrators with expletives. Officer Jared Yuen was filmed screaming ‘let’s get this motherf***er’ and ‘shut up, b****’ after protesters filmed him smiling and licking his lips. The initial video of the incident went viral and sparked an intense backlash, prompting the San Jose police to launch an internal investigation amid calls for Yuen to be fired. One clip of Yuen shows him smiling, licking his lips and bobbing side to side all while clutching a gun in his hands. An outraged protester shouts 'this is funny to them,...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose hillside neighbors say they are under siege from rowdy partiers who take over their streets at night. Empty cases of beer and bottles litter Suncrest Avenue in San Jose’s East foothills, the daylight evidence of what neighbors call a nightly problem. “Our neighborhood is under siege and we need some help,” said neighbor Vikrant Singh Badwal. He said parties spring up with dozens of cars. Neighbor’s surveillance cameras pick up partiers setting off fireworks and igniting grass fires, drivers spinning donuts in the intersections, and even one driver smashing into a parked car and driving away. It happened just a few feet away from a neighbor who was walking his dog. “They’re just...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The San Jose Police Department released a cache of body-worn camera (BWC) footage from three different incidents during recent protests showing officers clashing with protestors. The three incidents, all related to the George Floyd protests held back in May, involve officers whose actions are somewhat controversial. When announcing the release of the footage, the department insisted that it was to provide more transparency in their investigations. “We hope releasing these videos will provide the public more clarity into each of these incidents,” San Jose police Chief Edgardo Garcia. “Each video is only one piece of information used to fully understand a complex event. Some opinions and conclusions may be affected after watching certain videos; others...
    SAN JOSE – A nightclub promoter has been arrested on suspicion of at least two alleged sexual assaults in San Jose, police said. The suspect, identified as 29-year-old San Jose resident Marcos Lopez-Cabera, was arrested on July 11, San Jose police Officer Steven Aponte said in a news release Wednesday. Lopez-Cabera was booked into Santa Clara County jail on sexual assault charges. He was being held without bail at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas, according to online jail records. Aponte said Lopez-Cabera is a “known nightclub promoter/manager in the Bay Area.” Police did not say if he was affiliated with any particular club. The cases were reported in October and December of last year, said Sgt. Christian Camarillo in...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Police in San Jose are seeking the public’s help in their investigation of a Bay Area nightclub promoter arrested for a series of sexual assaults. San Jose Police said Wednesday that the suspect, 29-year-old Marcos Lopez-Cabera, was arrested on July 11 and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on multiple counts of sexual assault. According to police, Lopez-Cabera is a San Jose resident and a known nightclub promoter and manager in the Bay Area. He is currently facing charges of sexually assaulting three victims, from Redwood City, San Jose, and Campbell. Investigators are looking for other victims, according to a police spokesperson. Anyone with information about these cases, or other cases involving this suspect, was...
    Click here for a complete list of our election recommendations. San Jose’s Measure G is clearly in the running for the quirkiest measure on the Nov. 3 ballot. Measure G asks voters to approve three unrelated changes to the city’s charter: • Enable the San Jose City Council to expand the authority of the Independent Police Auditor — now and in the future. • Increase the size of the city’s Planning Commission from seven to 11 members. • Allow the City Council to adjust the timeline for drawing new council district boundaries when the results from the Census count are late. Don’t be put off by the unusual nature of the ballot measure. All three of the changes are worthy of...
    A Milpitas man died Sunday from injuries he suffered in a car crash in San Jose three days earlier, authorities said. The crash was reported at 1:51 a.m. Thursday on Capitol Expressway near Senter Road, according to San Jose police. An initial investigation found that a 2001 Lexus was eastbound on Capitol “at a high rate of speed” when the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with a tree. The driver was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at 12:23 p.m. Sunday, police said. He was identified as 36-year-old Benjamin Nguyen, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office. The crash marked the 30th roadway death of the year in San...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A man hospitalized last week after crashing a car into a tree off East Capitol Expressway has died from his injuries, police said Monday. The 36-year-old man was driving eastbound on East Capitol Expressway near Senter Road at a high rate of speed shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday when he lost control and hit a tree, according to police. The man, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and died on Sunday afternoon, police said. The death is San Jose’s 30th traffic fatality this year. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Detective Sirmons #3304 with the Department’s Traffic Investigation Unit at 408-277-4654. © Copyright 2020...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A man died Saturday morning after he was hit by an ambulance in East San Jose, police said. The ambulance was driving at normal speeds without activated lights or sirens when it hit the man shortly before 5 a.m. while headed eastbound on McKee Road near El Rancho Verde Drive, according to San Jose police. The man was not in a crosswalk when he was hit, police said. The ambulance crew immediately stopped and began life-saving measures, and a second ambulance took the victim to a hospital where he died a short time later. The ambulance driver is cooperating with the investigation, police said. The ambulance was not transporting any patients at the time. The...
    Three months after protesters took to the streets over the police killing of George Floyd, San Jose officials have decided not to prosecute those arrested on allegations of violating curfew or ignoring orders to disperse during the summer demonstrations. In a confidential memo sent to city leaders on Thursday, Acting City Attorney Nora Frimann said a 1993 court case regarding a curfew order issued during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles put the legality of some of the dozens of arrests made for San Jose curfew violations into question and served as one of the key factors in the city’s decision. The case — People v. Continola — overturned three test cases involving people arrested for merely walking on the streets or being...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Police began searching for a driver Thursday who hit a pedestrian early that morning, killing him, and drove off before first responders arrived on the scene. San Jose Police Officers responded to a call around 6 a.m. of a car versus pedestrian collision in the area of Santa Clara Street and Notre Dame Avenue. They arrived to find the victim with life-threatening injuries. According to the officers’ investigation, a car hit the pedestrian while he was walking in a marked crosswalk and the driver immediately drove off after the accident. Responders transported the victim to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. Investigators did not identify him, but they will after the Santa Clara...
    Democratic St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson has temporarily relocated after far-left demonstrators repeatedly came to her home and demanded that she resign. “The mayor on Wednesday confirmed that she and her husband, former television reporter Mike Owens, have been living at an apartment, also in the Central West End,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. “Krewson said she and her husband paid for their alternate lodging out of their own funds. She said no city money or campaign funds were being used.” “We have not lived at home for 2 months,” Krewson told a reporter. “We did it to deescalate the situation, to save police resources, and importantly because our neighbors were being disturbed and threatened.” The mayor said that this...
    WARNING: Viewer discretion is advised. Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the video. SAN JOSE — Authorities have cleared three San Jose police officers in the fatal May 2019 shooting of a man who ran over one of them while trying to escape from a carport, an encounter shown in new detail on body-camera footage released with a shooting report by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. The report written by prosecutor Rob Baker largely affirms previous accounts of the shooting by police investigators, and concludes that officers Aaron Alvarez and Edward Carboni legally shot 24-year-old Efren Esquivel as he drove at Sgt. James Mason, who also legally opened fire before he was hit, dragged and then...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A report from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office says San Jose police officers lawfully shot and killed a man last year who drove a stolen car into a police sergeant, seriously injuring him. The incident happened on May 4, 2019, when an employee of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office had her car stolen as it was idling unattended in the driveway of her San Jose home. The car was found about an hour later parked in the carport of an apartment complex, with 24-year-old Efren Esquivel inside. As seen on officers’ body-worn cameras, officers attempted multiple times to have Esquivel get on the ground, but after climbing out of the car and...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Police in San Jose were investigating a homicide Wednesday after finding a man shot dead in the eastern part of the city. Officers responded at around 11:54 p.m. Tuesday to reports of a person shot on the 1000 block of Clemence Ave. near Story Road and McLaughlin Ave. They found an adult male victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Paramedics arrived but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said there are currently no suspects identified or apprehended, and the motive and circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation. The victim was not identified. The county coroner’s office will release the victim’s identity after notifying next of kin. This killing was San...
    SAN JOSE — An investigation is under way after one man was shot and killed in San Jose shortly before midnight Tuesday, authorities said. The shooting occurred near the intersection of Walnut Woods Drive and Clemence Avenue, just southwest of the Interstate 680-Highway 101 overpass, according to San Jose police. When San Jose police arrived on the scene, they found one man with at least one bullet wound. If ruled a homicide, it would be the city’s 26th of 2020. No other information was immediately available. Check back for updates.
    Black Lives Matter rioters attacked and vandalized the home of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo over the weekend after he has defended the city’s police department amid calls from left-wing activists to “defund the police.” The Mercury News reported on Monday that approximately 100 Black Lives Matter activists vandalized the mayor’s home and threw objects at it. “While there, some protesters spray-painted messages, including ‘F*** 12,’ referring to police, and ‘San Jose will be free soon’ on his house, threw eggs at it and burned an American flag and a Blue Lives Matter flag taken to the scene,” The Mercury News reported. “Later that evening police reported a second incident of vandalism at San Jose City Hall, where one suspect...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a California community college instructor with ties to the far-right, anti-government “boogaloo” movement is in custody following his arrest for allegedly sending more than two dozen threatening letters to a county health officer during the coronavirus pandemic. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office arrested Alan Viarengo, 55, last week and seized large amounts of firearms and explosives from his family’s home, KNTV in San Jose reported. Court records reviewed by the station show detectives found more than 100 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition, tools for making ammunition and confederate flags. Viarengo has been charged with felony counts of stalking and harassing a public official. He has not entered a...
    Recent protests sparked by police killings of Black people across the country have escalated to a level that has put big-city mayors in the crosshairs of protesters who don’t think they’re doing enough to forge change and others — including President Donald Trump — who say they should be cracking down on the unrest. And for some of them, the strife has hit close to home in the form of vandalism. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, who has largely defended the city’s police department and advocated against the defunding police movement in recent months, became the latest target of protesters this weekend when about 100 of them marched to his home sparked by the recent Wisconsin police shooting of Black...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – A person arrested for allegedly defacing San Jose City Hall Friday evening may be linked to an earlier vandalism incident at Mayor Sam Liccardo’s home, police said. Officers responded to Liccardo’s home around 10:45 p.m. Friday. According to witnesses, someone spray painted the front of the mayor’s home, which had a Black Lives Matter sign in the window, with phrases that included “BLM,” Jacob Blake, along with profanities. A short time later, police said a vandalism incident took place at City Hall. One suspect was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of felony vandalism charges. No additional details about the suspect have been released. Following the vandalism at Liccardo’s home, neighbors quickly gathered to...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Friday's demonstration in Downtown San Jose brought hundreds to the heart of the city.Protesters were peaceful for the most part, but there was some vandalism to Mayor Sam Liccardo's home. Video posted to social media showed protesters spray painting near his front door.A spokesperson for the mayor said Saturday morning that protesters spray painted expletives, fired paint balls and burned a flag outside of his house.Liccardo was not home at the time of the vandalism.In a statement, the mayor said he was grateful for his neighbors who helped clean up the graffiti."Many of these same neighbors' homes bear 'Black Lives Matter' signs, and they represent the true spirit of the movement, and of our San...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Friday's demonstration in Downtown San Jose brought hundreds to the heart of the city.Protesters were peaceful for the most part, but there was some vandalism to Mayor Sam Liccardo's home. Video posted to social media showed protesters spray-painting expletives near his front door.The crowd first gathered at San Jose City Hall.From there, the hundreds marched through downtown toward San Pedro Square. Protesters crashed dinner for many dining outdoors.Demonstrators joined together to dance the "Cupid Shuffle," all while holding signs, demanding justice for Jacob Blake and the end to police brutality.Earlier in the day, ABC7 News spoke with Pastor Jethroe Moore II, president of the San Jose-Silicon Valley NAACP.RELATED: More than a dozen arrested in Oakland...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – Neighbors of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo quickly banded together after his home was vandalized following protests Friday night. According to witnesses, someone spray painted the front of the mayor’s home, which had a Black Lives Matter sign in the window, with phrases that included “BLM,” Jacob Blake, along with profanities. Liccardo said he was away visiting a relative at the time of the incident. The mayor said the vandalism does not detract from his support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Neighbors gather to clean up San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo’s home after it was vandalized on August 28, 2020. (CBS) “This isn’t First Amendment expression. This is vandalism,” Liccardo said after returning home....
    SAN JOSE – Hundreds of people gathered in San Jose and Oakland on Friday night to protest the Wisconsin police shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times by Kenosha police Officer Rusten Sheskey on Sunday. He survived the shooting but was left paralyzed from the waist down. The protests, which also coincided with the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, are the latest to draw attention to police brutality. Bay Area cities also saw protests earlier this year following the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the fatal California Highway Patrol shooting of Erik Salgado in Oakland. In San Jose, protesters gathered at City Hall and marched through the streets carrying signs...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Hundreds of peaceful protesters marched through the downtown streets of two of the Bay Area’s three largest cities Friday evening. Peaceful social justice demonstrations took place in downtown Oakland. A march started just after 7 p.m. Friday evening in the area of 14th Street and Broadway. Group continuing south on Telegraph. pic.twitter.com/c8C2fLrtRO — Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) August 29, 2020 In downtown San Jose, protesters demonstrated near San Pedro Square. Organizers say the marches are being held to draw attention to the police shootings of Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake. Police in San Jose and Oakland are asking motorists to avoid the downtown areas in each city due to traffic congestion. © Copyright 2020 CBS...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Police were investigating the stabbing death of a man early Friday, which marked the city’s 25th homicide this year, police said. Officers responded to a call about 12:50 a.m. in the 6000 block of San Ignacio Avenue and found the victim with life-threatening injuries, police said. The man later died at the hospital, according to police. The victim’s name has not been released, pending notification of family, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner. As of Friday afternoon, no suspects had been identified or arrested in connection with the death, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Lewis or Detective Meeker of the SJPD Homicide unit at (408) 277-5283. Anonymous...
    SAN JOSE — A man was stabbed to death early Friday morning in South San Jose, police said. Just before 1 a.m., police were called to the 6000 block of San Ignacio Avenue near Bernal Road and Via Serena for a report of a stabbing, according to San Jose Police Department Officer Steven Aponte. Officers found a man who had been stabbed at least once and rushed him to the hospital, Aponte said; he died a short time later. More details about the stabbing, including a possible motive or the exact circumstances, were not immediately available. No suspects have been identified, police said. The man’s identity will be released pending his formal identification and notification of next of kin by...
    Police departments do not generally have a reputation for strong support of the LGBT community, but that’s no longer the case in San Jose. Last week, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia presided over the second annual raising of the rainbow Pride flag at police headquarters on Mission Street, an event that included the unveiling of a new, optional rainbow-bordered shoulder patch for SJPD uniforms. San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia speaks at the raising of the rainbow Pride flag at police headquarters on Aug. 20, 2020. (Photo courtesy San Jose Police Department)  “When people ask me why we do this, we do it for the support that we have not only for our community but for our rank and...
    SAN JOSE — The San Jose Earthquakes’ first game since March 7 was postponed hours before kickoff because players decided against participating in a show of support for Black people in the wake of another police shooting, according to a Portland Timbers statement. Jacob Blake, 29, was shot seven times by police on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Blake was shot as he attempted to enter the driver’s side door of his vehicle with three of his children inside, according to reports. The incident led to the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to not play in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Orlando Magic. Then the NBA postponed all three games scheduled for Wednesday. The Quakes and Portland Timbers also...
    Amid a nationwide campaign calling for the removal of officers from schools, top San Jose Unified School District administrators say that keeping cops on campus will help their schools “maintain a sense of community.” During a special San Jose Unified school board meeting Tuesday night, the board and administrators held a lengthy discussion about the district’s current relationship with the San Jose Police Department and the merits of having officers on campus. Although no final decision was made on whether or not to maintain the district’s contract with the police department, school administrators recommended preserving it. “We understand the concerns overall about the horrible things that have happened over the course of many many years,” San Jose Unified Superintendent Nancy...
    ANTIOCH — A driver and passenger in a small sedan were hospitalized with serious injuries on Monday after a pickup truck crashed into the car, police said Tuesday. A medical helicopter took both to a trauma center for their injuries after paramedics needed 30 minutes to cut them free from the wreckage, police said. One of the two men in the sedan remained in critical condition Tuesday. The two injured men are 24 and 25  years old, police said. Officers arrested the 29-year-old driver of the pickup truck after he ran from the crash scene, police said. They did not identify him or say what charges they are seeking. According to police, an Antioch police officer came upon the crash...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose police asked for the public’s help Tuesday in finding a 73-year-old man who went missing the evening before and is considered at-risk because of a medical condition. Tom “Thanasi” Bekakos was last seen around 7:65 p.m. Monday in the 800 block of Lenzen Avenue. Bekakos, who left the area on foot, suffers from dementia and has trouble communicating with others. He is described as a white man who is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 170 pounds and has gray hair and brown eyes, police said. He was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, gray short-sleeved T-shirt and blue jeans ripped at the knees. Anyone with information about Bekakos’ whereabouts is asked...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Police in San Jose are investigating a shooting that left a man dead Monday morning, according to authorities. Officers responded at 8:09 a.m. to a report of a shooting in the 400 block of North 12th Street and arrived to find the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His name is not yet being released. No arrest has been made in the shooting and no suspect information was immediately available. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Sgt. Bagon or Detective Sanchez of the Police Department’s homicide unit at (408) 277-5283. People can also call an anonymous tip line at (408) 947-7867. © Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting...
    A man was shot and killed on N. 12 Street in San Jose on Monday morning, police announced a few hours later. The death marks the city’s 24th homicide of the year. Police responded to a report of a shooting at the 400 block of North 12th Street at about 8 a.m. Monday, where they found the man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The identity of the victim has not been released pending confirmation and notification of next of kin. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Bagon or Detective Sanchez of the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide unit at 408-277-5283, or leave an...
    GILROY – A 49-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of fatally beating his girlfriend at a home in Gilroy earlier this week, authorities said. Officers were called to the 7700 block of Murray Avenue, near San Ysidro Park, at 6 a.m. Monday for a report of a woman screaming for help, the Gilroy Police Department said in a news release. They arrived to find a severely beaten woman inside a home. Police said the woman was taken to a trauma center, where she died as a result of her injuries. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office will release the woman’s identity once it has been confirmed and her next of kin is notified. The suspect, identified as Izaak...
    As San Jose residents and elected public officials put pressure on the city’s police department to increase transparency, the agency is withholding internal video footage of protests earlier this summer in which officers used rubber bullets, tear gas and other crowd-control methods. Citing the ongoing Department’s Internal Affairs investigations and impending litigation, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia told the San Jose City Council this week that it could take up to a year to for the agency to release video footage caught on officer body cameras and the city’s police helicopter of incidents that transpired during the protests denouncing police use of force after the killing of George Floyd. “We very seldom want to take a year, but that...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW – A 25-year-old San Jose man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and robbing a teenager in Mountain View last September, authorities said. The suspect, identified as Anthony Martinez, was part of a group that lured the victim to a meeting under the pretense of purchasing flavored smoking packets, the Mountain View Police Department said in a news release Tuesday. When the teen arrived, the group allegedly used weapons to force him into a car and then to drive them to a nearby bank, where the victim was ordered to withdraw money from his account. Police said the group threatened the victim before driving away. Detectives identified Martinez as a suspect in the case and learned that...
    SAN JOSE — A woman was killed in a hit-and-run Saturday evening near San Tomas Expressway, police said. At about 9:45 p.m., police were called to the intersection of Keltner Avenue and Williams Road on San Jose’s west side for a report of a crash, Sgt. Christian Camarillo said Tuesday. A woman had been walking westbound on Williams Road outside a designated crosswalk when a car also going westbound hit her, Camarillo said. She was transported to a local hospital while the vehicle immediately took off. The woman died from her injuries at the hospital. Her identity will be released pending her formal identification by the coroner’s office and notification of next of kin. Police said the suspect vehicle was...
    SAN JOSE — Police have released the names of two Antioch men they say were part of a break-in at an car dealership in East San Jose and were shot at by an officer trying to stop them from fleeing in a stolen SUV early Monday. Trevon Richardson, 21, and 18-year-old Malachi Chandler were arrested after the confrontation at Infiniti of San Jose at Tully Road and Capitol Expressway, according to San Jose police. No one was hit by the officer’s gunfire, and no injuries were reported. Officers were dispatched to the car lot just after 4 a.m. Monday after a break-in through a glass front entrance of the sales office triggered a security alarm, according to San Jose police...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A man died Monday following a shooting involving a pellet gun Sunday morning in San Jose, police said. Officers went at 11:30 a.m. to the 2000 block of McLaughlin Avenue after someone reported that a person had been shot with a pellet gun. The man suffered at least one wound and was taken to a hospital. He was pronounced dead Monday. Police said the shooting appears to have been accidental. It’s the city’s 23rd homicide of the year, according to police. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call either Detective Sgt. Paul Hamblin or Detective Kenneth Rak of the Police Department’s homicide unit at (408) 277-5283. © Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc....
    GILROY – A person was killed in Gilroy, leading to a homicide investigation, police said Monday afternoon. In an advisory, the Gilroy Police Department said the homicide occurred on the 7700 block of Murray Avenue earlier in the day. A weapon believed to be used in the killing was recovered. No suspects have been arrested or identified. Authorities did not offer any other information about the incident. Anyone with information about the killing can contact the police department at 408-846-0335. Check back for updates. Related Articles San Jose: Police officer shoots at burglary suspect at Infiniti dealership Santa Clara: Two arrested on suspicion of killing man during robbery Santa Clara County jail inmates, families launch...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Police activity on U.S. Highway 101 has shut down the freeway in both directions at Alum Rock Avenue in San Jose, according to authorities. The 511.org Twitter account first posted about the police activity at 1:20 p.m. Police Department Activity on Southbound US-101 South of Alum Rock Ave in San Jose. All Lanes Closed. https://t.co/ITRwoLsl4h — 511 SF Bay (@511SFBay) August 17, 2020 Shortly after 2 p.m., CHP reported that police activity on northbound and southbound U.S. 101 south of Alum Rock Avenue had closed all lanes. So far, no information has been provided as far as what triggered the police activity or the nature of the incident, though some people were saying it...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two people were arrested Monday following a burglary at a car dealership and subsequent officer-involved shooting in San Jose, police said. Officers responded to a report of a burglary-in-process Monday at 4:06 a.m. at a Infiniti car dealership on the 2100 block of Tully Road. When officers arrived the suspect were attempting to flee in a vehicle, driving directly at an officer who was approaching on foot, according to the San Jose Police Department. That officer fired at least once at the suspect vehicle, police said. Neither the officer nor the suspects were injured and two suspects from the vehicle were subsequently taken into custody. The unidentified officer will be placed on routine administrative leave...
    SAN JOSE — An officer shot at a suspect’s car while responding to a burglary call at an Infiniti dealership in East San Jose, but no one was hit and two people were later detained, according to police. Neither officers nor suspects in the early Monday encounter were reported injured in what marked the city’s fifth police shooting of the year. One of those shootings was fatal, and four were not fatal. San Jose police were called just after 4 a.m. to Infiniti of San Jose, at Capitol Expressway and Tully Road, for a report of a burglary in progress, according to a police news release. Police said one officer arrived at the scene and had gotten out on foot...
    Like so many other changes to law enforcement, demands for civilian oversight of police often have their roots in outrage. Oakland’s first citizen review board came in the wake of protests over the 1979 police killing of a teenager named Melvin Black. In Los Angeles and San Jose, new accountability offices in the 1990s followed the videotaped beating of Rodney King Now, more than two months into a nationwide movement against police brutality and racial injustice sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, the chorus is rising again for stronger civilian control of law enforcement agencies and officers, who critics say abuse their authority and answer to no one but themselves. But what does “oversight” really mean? Decades after...
    A couple who was Tased, beaten with batons and shot with a less-lethal riot gun after a noise complaint at a San Jose hotel has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the police department. The May 2019 incident started when San Jose Police Department officer responded to a noise complaint at a hotel in the city. The couple, Marissa Santa Cruz and Paea Tukuafu, were celebrating a few days ahead of Santa Cruz’s 22nd birthday and had turned down their music after an 8:45 p.m. noise complaint, according to ABC7, which obtained body camera footage of the confrontation and first reported on the lawsuit. One officer, identified by ABC7 as Officer Eugene Thompson, told the couple...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A hotel guest called in a minor noise complaint against a young couple celebrating a birthday, but that led to them being Tased, shot with a riot gun, and beaten by San Jose police.KGO-TV obtained the officers' body camera videos from that incident, key evidence in a federal civil rights lawsuit.The lawsuit says the San Jose Police Department has a culture of excessive force that has resulted in injuries and deaths, and that this is yet another example.Marissa Santa Cruz and Paea Tukuafu are planning their future together."This is actually the love of my life, you know," Tukuafu said. "And we are planning to be forever and everything like that."He hopes to be a jail guard...
    The San Jose Police department on Friday released partial records involving 33 uses of force by officers, in response to a lawsuit filed by this news organization after the city failed to comply with a landmark transparency law took effect more than 18 months ago. The records — the largest number released by the department so far — appear to mostly involve fatal and nonfatal police shootings. A preliminary review did not reveal any records showing policy findings or discipline of officers. San Jose Police have balked for months over the release of records under Senate Bill 1421, which took effect on Jan. 1 2019. That law requires police to release to the public records about officer shootings and other...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A hotel guest called in a minor noise complaint against a young couple celebrating a birthday, but that led to them being Tased, shot with a riot gun, and beaten by San Jose police.The ABC7 I-Team has obtained police body camera videos that are key evidence in a federal civil rights lawsuit.Dan Noyes is putting the finishing touches on this exclusive story for ABC7 News at 6 p.m. You can follow him on Twitter here.Stay with ABC7 News for updates on this developing story.For a look at more stories and videos by the ABC7 News I-Team go here. RELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: San Jose Police Dept. hit with federal civil rights lawsuit over injuries...
    San Jose city officials are quietly negotiating with Silicon Valley real estate billionaire John Arrillaga for the development of an estimated $43 million-plus police training and academy complex, recently submitted planning documents to the city reveal. The proposed facility would be built on a  vacant site owned by Arrillaga on Hellyer Avenue in South San Jose, about a block away from the Highway 101 and Hellyer Avenue interchange, according to the planning documents and county property records. Preliminary plans include a 100,000-square-foot building with a training area for current officers on one side, academy rooms for incoming officers on another side and a basketball court in the middle. Behind the main building, the complex would feature an outdoor training field,...
    SAN JOSE — A fired San Jose teacher accused of intentionally coughing on a 1-year-old boy in a stroller at a Yogurtland in June, in an apparent spat over COVID-19 distancing, is still being sought by police and has an assault charge waiting for her in Santa Clara County, according to authorities and court records. Nancy Nordland, 65, has been charged with misdemeanor assault by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, even though San Jose police have yet to locate her following the June 12 incident at the Yogurtland on Cottle Road. Public records show Nordland has current listed residences both in San Jose, where she had been a special-education teacher with the Oak Grove Union School District, and...
    SAN JOSE — A man rammed through the security gate at the Main Jail early Sunday morning and drove into a lower-level parking structure but was quickly arrested, the Sheriff’s Office said. At about 4:16 a.m. Sunday deputies responded to the Main Jail in San Jose for a report of a tan-colored SUV that rammed through the east security gate and drove into the lower-level parking structure. Officers from the Santa Clara Police Department and Campbell Police Department who were at the jail booking they rown arrestees into custody, quickly detained the suspect and later identified him as 51-year-old Modesto Esquivel, the Sheriff’s office said. Officials said the collision caused significant damage to the security gate though no one was...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Two new measures are heading for consideration by San Jose voters in November: One would expand the planning commission, increase the police auditor’s authority and change the timeline for redistricting, and the other would increase the city’s card room tax to fund a variety of programs. The San Jose City Council approved both measures at its meeting on Tuesday. Councilmember Sergio Jimenez said he is comfortable with the consolidated version of the first measure because all the changes it proposes would require charter amendments. “I think that the community… is smart enough to sort of pass that out and understand what we’re putting forward,” he said. The first measure would extend the city’s independent police...
    San Jose voters in November will be asked to increase taxes on cardrooms, provide the city’s independent police auditor with additional powers and expand the city’s planning commission. After nixing a proposed ‘strong mayor’ ballot measure last week, the San Jose City Council decided to place two measures on the upcoming November 3 ballot. While one of the measures focuses entirely on changes to gambling operations within the city, the other measure combines three separate changes to the city’s charter — expanding the authority of the independent police auditor, increasing the number of members on the city’s planning commission and allowing the council to establish new timelines to conduct redistricting following a census. Card rooms  The city’s cardroom revenue measure...