Dramatic West Berkeley police stop proves false alarm

Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 3.15.20 PMHundred of commuters driving on University Avenue on Monday morning witnessed police with guns drawn shouting at a man in a stopped vehicle.

(The video above was shot by a citizen reporter at around 10 a.m. on University near Sixth Street.)

Berkeley police were responding to a report of a man with a gun in the 1900 block of Center Street, according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats.

After the stop and investigation, the car’s driver was found not to be in possession of a firearm and was released, Coats said.

Police received a call at 9:51 a.m. Monday that reported a man with a gun in his waistband during a verbal argument. The caller said the suspect left in a vehicle, possibly last seen going west on University Avenue. The caller provided a description and license plate for the vehicle.

Police responded and found the reported car driving west on University, near Curtis Street. The car was stopped near Sixth Street, and at least six police cars were on the scene. In the video, police can be heard shouting for the driver to put his hands up.

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  • bgal4

    Huh? what is the point of posting this video?

  • Alan M. Dershowitz

    “Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the
    Constitution by claiming it’s not an individual right or that it’s too
    much of a public safety hazard, don’t see the danger in the big picture.
    They’re courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means
    to eliminate portions of the Constitution they don’t like.”


    Alan M. Dershowitz

  • bgal4

    Dershowitz has stated he believes the second amendment is bad law and needs revision.

  • batardo

    BPD appears to have handled the situation much better than San Diego PD:

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=29a_1389314663

  • Guest

    How is this quote relevant to the article?

  • Just Sayin

    Nice job video-taping while driving Berkeleyside reader…

  • Charles_Siegel

    From Wikipedia:
    Dershowitz is strongly opposed to firearms ownership and the Second Amendment,
    and supports repealing the amendment, but he vigorously opposes using
    the judicial system to read it out of the Constitution because it would
    open the way for further revisions to the Bill of Rights and
    Constitution by the courts. “Foolish liberals who are trying to read the
    Second Amendment out of the Constitution by claiming it’s not an
    individual right or that it’s too much of a public safety hazard don’t
    see the danger in the big picture. They’re courting disaster by
    encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the
    Constitution they don’t like.”

    But I wonder if he feels the same way about the courts reading new rights into the constitution – such as the right to privacy.

  • Charles_Siegel

    And note that the courts read the individual right to carry firearms into the second amendment in 2008. Before that

    In United States v. Miller
    (1939), the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government and the
    states could limit any weapon types not having a “reasonable
    relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated
    militia”.

  • keenobserver

    That is 6th Street, not 10th Street.

  • BerkeleyCommonSense

    It’s always a good idea to drive by the police pointing something at them when they’re in a tense situation. Citizen reporter?

  • Dan Brekke

    That’s University just west of Sixth Street, by the way, not Tenth.

  • emraguso

    Many thanks!

  • emraguso

    Thank you! We’ve fixed it.

  • Bishop George Berkeley

    Legal nerds: d’ya think it was a Florida v. J.L. tip?

  • Chris J

    I agree–the thread has been inadvertently hijacked away from ‘police stop man suspected of carrying concealed gun’ to ‘ how to fix the 2nd amendment.

  • Truth Sayer

    The paucity remarks of many so-called conservatives is to categorize all people who voice a liberal position on a single issue as a “liberal.” And, falsely believes that a “liberal” person voices a liberal viewpoint towards all issues. When in fact, its far from the truth. I am a gun owner and believe strongly in the Second Amendment. However, since you raised the Second Amendment, it does not give me the right to carry or own a machine gun or rocket launcher.

  • batardo

    Meh .. we don’t live that way. Hooray for the citizen reporter.