The going rate for San Jose police to shoot a man is $275,000 per bullet, according to a lawsuit settlement between the city and a Halloween drunk.
Of course, taking a bullet might not be worth it.
Javier Gonzales-Guerrero took 20.
The City Council is expected to sign off on a lawsuit settlement with Gonzales-Guerrero, 27, who was shot 20 times by four police officers a week before Halloween in 2011. Guerrero, dressed in green hospital scrubs and passed out in a hotel stairwell, spooked officers because he had a golden gun sticking out of his waistband. Police say he reached for the gun in an aggressive manner when they tried to wake him, and they opened fire. And, man, did they ever.
When one of the four officers— Brian Johst, Mark Stephens, Tim Stephens and Gary Petrakovitz—stepped on the gun to clear it out of reach, the handle broke. That’s because the gun was a fake.
The lawsuit filed by Gonzales-Guerrero says the man has had to undergo numerous surgeries to “repair his ravaged body.” For this reason, the city was content to pay the largest settlement for police conduct in San Jose’s history. All four officers have returned to active duty since the incident, according to a police department spokesperson.