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San Jose taxpayers foot the bill for police collisions

Every year, San Jose receives hundreds of claims from residents because they tripped on a sidewalk or a sewage backup destroyed their property — but the most commonly settled claims are car accidents caused by police and other city employees. An analysis by San José Spotlight found that of the 1,122 claims filed by residents over the last three years, the city settled 208. Of that 208, 123 were car accidents — 56 of which involved San Jose police officers. The city does not have outside insurance, so costs fall on San Jose taxpayers. Of the $713,000 paid out since 2021,…

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