Boston Police arrested a man with a loaded gun, who a witness said was just walking down a Jamaica Plain street and minding his own business. The witness video recorded the ensuing struggle that occurred after police allegedly tried to perform a pat frisk.
BPD District E-13 Drug Control Unit officers arrested Osagie Mastin, 24, of Dorchester on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7:43 pm during an investigation in the area of 150 Boylston St., according to BPDnews.com. Mastin was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, assault and battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest. Police allegedly recovered a loaded .380 caliber Hi-Point model CF380 handgun that fell to the ground during the struggle. Mastin will be appearing at the West Roxbury District Court.
Police said they saw Mastin "displaying clear indications" that he had a gun. They approached him, attempted to perform a pat frisk and a struggle ensued.
But Simon Perdue said he didn't see the arrest as the BPD described how it happened. Perdue tweeted the following video of the arrest.
Insane display of police brutality in Jamaica Plain. This guy was walking down the street beside me, minding his own business when he was ambushed by two cops. They stamped on his hand repeatedly and wouldn’t give him a chance to put his hands behind his back. @bostonpolice pic.twitter.com/UgQGmYPiUv
— Simon A. Purdue (@simonp_92) October 5, 2019
Perdue tweeted that he thought Mastin was not reaching for a gun, that nothing was dropped, and "...CERTAINLY not a gun like the police claimed."
He added that despite seeing the entire incident, BPD didn't ask him and whomever he was with for an account of what they saw.
Tweeters then chimed in with their opinions of Perdue's video.
You know what is ABSOLUTELY DEFICIENT under the Fourth Amendment requirement of reasonable suspicion on the basis of specific articulable facts?@bostonpolice saying they approached b/c of "clear indications that he might be armed," neither specific nor an articulable fact. pic.twitter.com/lS6P7rocvU
— CourtWatchMA (@CourtWatchMA) October 5, 2019
Random pedestrian? Highly unlikely. Looks like he’s actively resisting arrest, refusing to be handcuffed which is illegal.
— Kevin (@fisherfrancis1) October 5, 2019
I’m not clear why people are so dismissive of the eyewitness report. He had no dog in the fight, why assume the police are in the up and up?
— Avocado Toast for All (@JudyinJP) October 5, 2019