The Oakland Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the arrest of an off-duty police officer who is accused of flashing a gun at a server at a San Francisco restaurant over the weekend, officials said Thursday.
Officer Kevin Kelly was cited by San Francisco police and released for allegedly showing a
gun to a server in an attempt to impress her about 2:40 a.m. Sunday at
the 24-hour IHOP Restaurant at 2299 Lombard St. in the city's
"Apparently, a young lady he was talking to, it
appeared that he was trying to impress her by letting her know he was a
police officer," said San Francisco police Sgt. Eric O'Neal
a department spokesman. "He brandished a gun. He briefly pointed it in
her direction and he pointed the weapon in an upward position, pointing
it at the ceiling of the restaurant. That caused the young lady some
concern, enough to call SFPD officers."
Kelly told officers that
he had been drinking Saturday night. "It was unknown what level of
consumption the off-duty officer had," O'Neal said.
San Francisco police seized Kelly's gun, which was not issued by the Oakland police, as evidence, O'Neal said.
a statement released to The Chronicle on Thursday, Oakland police said
the department "takes all allegations of misconduct involving our
employees seriously. Ensuring internal investigations are swift, fair
and objective is our priority. We are conducting a thorough
investigation into this incident, focused on discovering all pertinent
facts and circumstances."
Kelly is on paid administrative leave, said Officer Johnna Watson, an Oakland police spokeswoman, pending investigations by San Francisco
police and Oakland police internal affairs investigators.
one of 38 officers who graduated in March 2013 from the department's
first academy in four years. Kelly's father, Jim Kelly, is a San
Francisco police inspector who pinned his son's badge at a ceremony at
the Scottish Rite Temple near Oakland's Lake Merritt.