December 10, 2023

Journalists from the Bay Space Information Group and the California Reporting Challenge reviewed a collection of circumstances involving violent confrontations between San Jose police and mentally impaired people. A lot of these circumstances increase questions concerning the conduct of the division’s officers, who’ve been skilled to keep away from the usage of power in such conditions. Learn our full report.

Case Examine #1: Arthur Lee Turner

THE SCENE: A homeless encampment close to the Guadalupe River, on September 16, 2019. A call by two San Jose officers to corral residents for “trespassing” led to the beating, pepper spraying and Tasing of an unhoused man who did not comply with the officers’ instructions however didn’t seem to threaten them. A policing skilled who reviewed the data known as the officers’ actions “the fallacious method.”

Arthur Lee Turner falls to the bottom after Officers Alex Cristancho and Steven Aponte tase him. (San Jose Police) 

Officers Steven Aponte and Alex Cristancho had little doubt of Arthur Lee Turner’s psychological state: Turner proclaimed himself to be God and informed them “to not mess with God.”  Their coaching urged a give attention to “energetic listening” when participating a topic who gave the impression to be mentally impaired.

When Turner walked away reasonably than heeding a command to cease, the officers swiftly determined to make use of what they later known as ‘ache compliance.’ “Watch this guys, this man’s about to get batoned,” one officer introduced to the encampment residents, in keeping with the physique digicam video.

Officer Steven Aponte’s police report supply his model of how and why the confrontation turned violent. (San Jose Police)