A man in Oakland was taken into police custody on Jan. 1 after allegedly pointing a replica handgun at people in the downtown area. As a result of the incident, the man received a criminal charge for brandishing a firearm along with another charge for resisting arrest. The man was charged after a short chase on foot with police officers.
After responding to reports about an armed man near Franklin Street and 14th Street, police officers spotted a man who appeared to have a gun tucked into his waistband. Police officers reportedly chased the man into a BART station on 12th Street and then fired beanbag rounds at him. The less-lethal munitions were allegedly used to subdue the accused man when he refused to follow police orders.
The object that was previously thought to be a firearm was located at the scene, and police determined that it was actually a replica firearm. Delays on the BART system lasted until a little before 7 p.m. as a result of the incident. It is unclear why the man may have had a replica firearm. However, a witness posted a comment on social media after the incident alleging that the replica was being pointed at random people.
A criminal defense attorney might be able to help a person who has been handed charges after a similar incident. After conducting a thorough investigation into the events that took place, an attorney may be able to uncover evidence that police officers acted inappropriately. This evidence may result in the defendant's charges being reduced or dropped.
Source: KRON, "Police fire beanbag rounds at suspect with replica gun in BART station", Mario Sevilla, January 02, 2015