Photo by Mark Rabine

Police arrested a young man brandishing a metal pipe on Albion Street today at around 10:45 a.m.

One witness said the man looked mentally unstable, as he backed down Albion Street toward 17th, facing the police, brandishing the pipe and screaming that the cops were going to put him in jail or kill him.

The officers calmly reassured him that they would not kill him.

They managed to engage with the man and get him on the ground. “They were very good with him when they had him down,” the witness said.

Increasingly, officers are being trained in deescalation tactics and given crisis intervention training for working with the mentally unstable.

Sergeant Susan Nangle said that several officers on the scene had been trained in crisis intervention.

“The officers did an excellent job and the subject was taken into custody without injury to him or any officer on scene,” she added.

In 2016, the Mission District Station reported using force – everything from a firearm to physical control – in 376 instances.

In the second quarter of this year, use of force incidents dropped to 161 or by 7 percent compared to the same quarter in 2016.

An earlier version of the story described the person as carrying stick like objects. Officer Nangle said it was actually a metal pipe. 

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