Temple Police to Review Actions of Officer in Recent Arrest
TEMPLE, TX (January 15, 2020) – The Temple Police Department is currently reviewing whether an officer followed policy in an arrest involving a person with special needs that occurred last night.
At about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, officers received a call about a man walking in and out of traffic near the intersection of South 31st Street and Southwest HK Dodgen Loop. The caller stated the person, later identified as 30-year-old Sergei Hall, was acting erratically by flailing his arms and yelling. The caller said as she was exiting Planet Fitness, she observed Hall in the parking lot, and that his behavior made her fear for her safety. As she exited the parking lot in her vehicle and turned onto 31st Street, the caller stated Hall walked in front of her car and stopped, causing her to brake abruptly to avoid hitting him.
Officer Jacob Perkins arrived on scene and made contact with Hall at the intersection of South 31st Street and the private driveway in front of Temple Mall. Officer Perkins requested that Hall step away from the intersection to speak with him, but Hall walked away from the officer and into the roadway. Since it was dark, with heavy traffic, and there have been three recent incidents of pedestrians being struck by vehicles, Officer Perkins was concerned Hall would also be struck by a vehicle. Officer Perkins pulled him out of the roadway, took him to the ground in a nearby grassy area, and arrested Hall for evading. He was transported to Bell County Jail without further incident.
The Temple Police Department has policies in place specifically addressing officer interactions with people who have special needs. The Department is currently reviewing the actions taken by Officer Perkins, who joined the department in 2019, as well as any other personnel involved in the decision to charge Hall.
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