Let's start with the quote that blew my mind. This is from San Jose Police spokesperson Albert Morales:
"We don't recommend it. We would have preferred that they just go ahead and comply with the request or demands of the robbers."
What don't they recommend? Defending yourself and your property.
The incident that triggered that quote happened when two armed robbers stormed into a jewelry store in San Jose, California. The men pointed their weapons at the store owner, who was working behind the counter, pounded on the counter and demanded jewelry.
Instead, the woman drew her handgun and fired at least one shot at the robbers. While the woman did not hit anyone, the criminals ran out of the store and into a waiting SUV. The entire incident was caught on the store video surveillance tapes. The tapes have been turned over to the police who are looking for suspects.
So yes, the San Jose Police Department would rather you be a good victim than protect yourself. One more reason I can't imagine living there.