The Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition is organizing a rally at the 24th and Mission Street BART station at 5 tonight to protest the recent arrest an 18-year-old San Francisco resident. The arrest, which the group called a “brutal beating,” was caught on video and posted on YouTube.
Police told Mission Local that the 18-year-old suspect, identified as Kevin Clark, was assaulting another citizen in front of officers near the 24th and Mission BART plaza.
In response to allegations that police used excessive force during the arrest, Officer Gordon Shyy told Mission Local that “the use of force in this incident appears to be reasonable.” An investigation was conducted by the police department and has now been closed.
Shyy said that officers had reasonable suspicion to detain Clark for assault and to prevent injury to another citizen.
“As officers attempted to detain Clark, he walked away and failed to comply with a lawful order from police to stop,” Shyy said.
Officers then caught up with Clark, Shyy said, and when he continued to resist, used a leg sweep and held him down until other officers arrived at the scene.
Clark was cited for two counts of resisting arrest and released, according to police.
Protesters will gather at the 24th and Mission BART plaza and march to the Mission police station at 17th and Valencia streets.