Friday night, just after 8:00 pm, Officers Vincent Samuel, William Thrasher, Lovrent Gaines and Kelvin Lee were in the area of 8th Ave North and 15th Street, near the 15th Street Grocery. [They were looking for a man who had allegedly hit a person with a cane. – JD] While there, Samuel recognized a man in the store as James Perkins, who had three outstanding warrants for his arrest. The other officers informed Samuel that the man had provided a different name when questioned. As Perkins exited the grocery, the officers approached him, asking, “Sir, can we speak with you?” Perkins responded with, “Sure, what’s up?” Officer Samuel asked his name and Perkins replied, “My name is James McCallister.” At this, Samuel said, “All right, Mr. Perkins, you’re under arrest for providing false information to a police officer.”
James Perkins immediately became hostile, yelling, “What do you think you’re doing? You don’t know who you’re F*#$!^# with!” Perkins was advised that if he didn’t calm down, he’d be charged with disorderly conduct. His answer to this was, “F*#$ you, man! Imma get my lawyer!” He was then, of course, charged with disorderly conduct. [While this was going on, I was a few feet away, taking photos of the exchange. Perkins turned to me and started yelling, “You put my MUTHAF*#$!^# picture in the MUTHAF*#$!^# Packet, Imma MUTHAF*#$!^# sue you and get MUTHAF*#$!^# paid.” He repeated this several times during the arrest. – JD]
As part of the arrest, Perkins was searched, and the officers found a metal crack pipe in his front pocket.
In the end, James Perkins was charged with Providing False Information to a Police Officer, Disorderly Conduct, Possession of Paraphernalia and his three existing warrants and was taken to LCADC.