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A Racine man was taken to jail after he refused to leave a local homeless shelter because he chose not to follow the rules.

Tyran Pinkins, 32,  was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and two counts of felony bail jumping. If convicted of all charges, he faces up to 25 years in prison and/or fines up to $31,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Pinkins was asked to leave HALO because he was “constantly disobeying facility rules.” Hiding in the bathroom and listening to music, police confronted him. He told them he was not asked to leave and became argumentative.  Officers then had to forcibly remove Pinkins from HALO.

During the arrest, Pinkins tried to run away from the officers. They used their Tasers to gain compliance so that they could arrest him. He then refused to walk on his own and was carried out of the facility.

“Pinkins complained of (having) difficulty of breathing and then began to yell (that) he would sue the officers for ‘$6 million,'” according to the complaint.

At Ascension-All Saints Hospital, he refused to cooperate with medical staff, would not answer questions, and used “dead weight tactics whenever he needed to be moved.”

Hospital staff told the police there was nothing medically wrong with Pinkins, even though he wouldn’t move his legs and walk. When Pinkins thought no one was looking, however, he would move his legs and feet.

Once in jail, Pinkins continued the behavior. But after being put in a jail cell, Pinkins was “up and walking.”

Prior to this incident, Pinkins was charged with battery to law enforcement officers and attempting to disarm a peace officer in 2016. He also failed to appear in court. During a court hearing in June Pinkins was in custody but was released on a $25,000 signature bond where he was ordered not to commit any more crimes.

Pinkins is set to appear at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 31.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.