Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man they charge was packing an illegal, loaded gun on Boylston Street in Jamaica Plain around 7:40 p.m. on Friday.
Police say officers on patrol spotted Osagie Mastin, 24, of Dorchester, "displaying clear indications that he may be armed with a firearm" as he walked near 150 Boylston St., near Amory Street:
When the officers approached and attempted to perform a pat frisk, a violent struggle ensued. The officers were eventually able to gain control of the suspect with assistance from additional responding units at which time officers safely recovered a loaded .380 caliber Hi-Point model CF380 handgun which had fallen to the ground during the struggle.
Police charged Mastin with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. His arrest comes about two years after he was arrested on similar gun charges in Roxbury.
Simon Purdue, who says he was walking down Boylston next to the guy, blasted what he called an insane display of police brutality - in a tweet that includes video of Mastin on the ground after he was stopped:
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. ...
Despite the fact that we were there from start to finish the cops didn’t want ID or testimony. Nothing was dropped and CERTAINLY not a gun like the police claimed. We were right beside him when he was first ambushed and didn’t see or hear anything fall.