Man waving knife in downtown SF detained after struggle with police

San Francisco police officers tackled and disarmed a man who was reportedly “jabbing” a knife toward people near Yerba Buena Gardens  in downtown San Francisco on Friday morning.

Police officials have not released information about the suspect but said that the man had been placed in handcuffs and taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

The altercation occurred near 4th and Mission Streets at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Friday, when officers responded to a report of a man reportedly “cursing and jabbing a knife toward people,” according to a statement released by the San Francisco Police Department.

According to police officials, several public events were taking place nearby, and the responding officers employed their Crisis Intervention Training to develop a plan of action to subdue him that included “less than lethal cover and a hands-on arrest team.”

When the man failed to respond to officers commanding him to drop the knife, one officer tackled him from behind while others “assisted in restraining him on the ground, where an officer delivered knee strikes” to take the knife away from the man,  according to the statement.

Police report that one officer sustained minor injuries during the incident.

lwaxmann@sfexaminer.com

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