An improvised explosive device was found near the home of a member of the San Jose City Council. Dev Davis on Tuesday when the San Jose Police Department evacuated the area for part of the day while they dealt with the bomb.
Around 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, council member Davis’ neighbors noticed someone had planted something near her home in Willow Glen. Because the package was wrapped and batteries were visible, they alerted the SJPD. Police quickly evacuated the area after a bomb squad was called. They quickly determined that it was a homemade explosive and, after seizing it, removed it from its place before it could detonate. Although they determined that there was no danger to the public, the SJPD also noted that it was still dangerous.
“Device of this type can sometimes cause injury and, yes, even death,” SJPD Sergeant Christian Camarillo said Tuesday. “That’s why he always makes us anxious, but even more so because he’s one of our elected officials in the city.”
Davis was appalled by the incident and noted that it was disturbing because someone wanted to harm her simply because she was an elected city official.
“Being an elected official should be safe,” Councilwoman Davis said Tuesday. “It’s scary if I became a target. I can’t think of a reason why anyone would target me other than political differences. I want people to take an active part in public life and comment publicly at meetings and also let me know how you feel about it. And I think there’s a way to be polite and disagree in a civilized way, and it doesn’t have to be violent.”
On Tuesday evening, council member Davis released a more detailed statement about the incident.
“We learned this morning that a neighbor found a suspicious device near our home,” Davis continued in a statement. “The police were notified and the sappers responded. Our family was evacuated from our house, as were the closest neighbors. I must say that I am seriously concerned that someone is threatening me and my family with harm just because I am an elected official. This further undermines our democracy and our ability to attract good people to run for government elections. We are fully cooperating with the investigation and hope to catch the perpetrator. We are very grateful to the SJPD for their diligence. We are also very grateful to our neighbors for their understanding and support.”
Attempted bombing a week after Davis’ big election.
The incident came just over a week after her campaign poster was blown up in a neighbors yard. As of Wednesday, there was no word of any possible connection to this or Davis’ recent run for mayor. Davis last week finished third in the San Jose Mayoral primaryreceiving just over 10% of the vote and losing to Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Cindy Chavez, who received 39% of the vote, and San Jose City Councilman Matt Mahan, who received 32.5% of the vote.
“It would be surprising if it had anything to do with the election,” Richard Willis, a historian who has focused on election violence, told The Globe Wednesday. “Why offend a candidate after the fact? Especially if it was a losing candidate? In addition, in most cases, explosions are much more careful and targeted, such as an explosion in a car or in a place with a lot of collateral damage, such as a political campaign or a party office.”
“Just leave it in sight during the daytime, at an unspecified time, without a clear goal, screams the amateur hour. The adviser was probably the person it was meant for, but as everyone says about it, why?
As of Wednesday, no suspects in the attempted bombing have been identified. The SJPD is currently investigating and collecting evidence such as footage from nearby security cameras to help and try to identify those responsible.