Oakland Police Officer Arrested At SF Restaurant For Pointing Gun At Patron

A rookie Oakland police officer was arrested last weekend for allegedly brandishing a gun in a San Francisco restaurant to impress a woman, San Francisco police said today.

Police were called to the 2200 block of Lombard Street at 2:40 a.m. Sunday, Officer Albie Esparza said.

Oakland police Officer Kevin Kelly, 24, had been talking to another patron having breakfast at a restaurant there and told her he was a police officer, but she didn’t believe him, Esparza said.

To prove it, Kelly, who had been drinking, allegedly pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the woman and at the restaurant’s ceiling, Esparza said.

The woman told the restaurant’s staff that Kelly had a gun and the police were called. Kelly was arrested and cited for misdemeanor brandishing a firearm, Esparza said.

His weapon, which was not department-issued, was booked into evidence, according to Esparza.

Oakland police have launched an internal affairs investigation into the incident, Oakland police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said.

Kelly graduated from the Oakland Police Academy last March and had his badge pinned by his father, San Francisco police Inspector Jim Kelly, during his graduation ceremony, according to Oakland police.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

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