Society | Jan 20

Osaka Man Arrested During Stop-and-Frisk Released Without Charge

OSAKA, Jan 20 (News On Japan) - The Osaka District Public Prosecutor's Office has decided not to indict a 38-year-old man who was arrested last year for brandishing a wooden sword and attempting to seize a handgun from police officers during a stop-and-frisk in Osaka.

The man was apprehended on suspicion of obstructing officers in the performance of their duties in August last year, when he swung a wooden sword and tried to take a gun from two officers who attempted to question him on the street in Higashiyodogawa Ward. During the incident, a police officer fired his weapon, resulting in the man sustaining an injury to his leg. The Osaka District Public Prosecutor's Office had conducted a psychiatric evaluation by experts to determine the man's criminal responsibility, and on Friday, they concluded not to prosecute him. The prosecution stated that the decision was made "after considering the evidence."

The incident, which involved the use of a firearm by police and the aggressive behavior of the suspect, had drawn public attention. The decision not to indict is often made when the prosecution believes that the evidence does not sufficiently support a criminal charge or when there are extenuating circumstances, such as questions regarding the mental capacity of the accused. In this case, the results of the psychiatric evaluation likely played a significant role in the decision not to proceed with charges.

The matter of police use of firearms and the procedures followed during stop-and-frisk operations remain topics of concern and debate in Japan, where such incidents are relatively rare compared to other countries. This case will likely continue to be referenced in discussions about law enforcement and the treatment of individuals with potential mental health issues within the criminal justice system.

Source: NHK


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