Oakland man acquitted in dumpster fire following S.F. Giants World Series win

He didn't start the fire.

A 22-year-old Oakland man was acquitted of arson and battery charges after he was arrested for setting a dumpster on fire following the San Francisco Giants' 2012 World Series victory, according to the Public Defender's Office.

Brian Irwin was arrested Oct. 29 as police were trying to deal with the chaos surrounding the ballpark after the game. Prosecutors said Irwin yelled an expletive and flipped the bird toward a police skirmish line at Third and Harrison streets before running north on Third and stopping to light a dumpster on fire. Police reportedly chased Irwin through Yerba Buena Gardens and tackled him on Mission Street, bloodying his face, public defender's spokeswoman Tamara Barak Aparton said. Prosecutors also said that while Irwin was being handcuffed he intentionally spit blood in the officer's face.

After conflicting testimony from three police officers and testimony by Irwin's friend supporting his claim of innocence, jurors acquitted Irwin of arson and battery charges. He was convicted of resisting arrest.

If convicted on arson and battery, he would have faced four years in prison, one strike and lifetime registration as an arsonist.

“There was zero physical evidence that Mr. Irwin lit anything on fire,” Public Defender Jeff Adachi said.

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