NJ Detective Admits Beating Handcuffed Prisoner

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A decorated Newark police detective has admitted beating a handcuffed prisoner during an assault four years ago.

Vernon Parker faced eight years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to official misconduct. He was to remain in the Essex County Jail until sentencing on Oct. 22.

As part of his plea bargain, prosecutors dropped charges against two other Newark officers who were with Parker when the Sept. 19, 2006 assault occurred but did not participate in the incident.

The attack — which was heard by at least eight people — happened after Parker arrested a man on a municipal warrant. Instead of taking him directly to the police station for processing, as required by police protocol, Parker drove the handcuffed man around the city for an hour in an unmarked police cruiser and arrested six other people before returning to headquarters.

When the prisoner asked to speak with a police supervisor because he wanted to complain about how Parker had treated him, prosecutors say Parker pushed him into an old storage area and assaulted him. The man sustained a fractured eye socket, broken jaw and facial injuries in the attack and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Police officials now plan to move ahead with plans to fire Parker, who has been suspended without pay after being indicted in 2008. An 11-year veteran of the Newark force, Parker was wounded in a 2003 shootout and received a medal of excellence in 2006 from former Mayor Sharpe James.

Parker also pleaded guilty Friday to unrelated charges involving his teenage stepdaughter. In one case, he admitted using excessive physical force to discipline the girl, and in the other admitted to child endangerment for physically assaulting her.

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  • ant der

    why is this news site have new jersey reports mostly? 4 of the 5 to stories are about new jersey? bring back 1010wins please

    • fyc2

      I was a juror on the physical abuse case of two his three stepchildren. Initially, he was found guilty of just ONE of 21 charges. Apparently the prosecutors chose to continue the case after the jurors were dismissed since he now admitted to beating his stepdaughter.

  • jason

    Amen. just another crooked PIG. I hope he rots in Jail

  • Lizajoy

    Le 5 mars 1994, Philippe Croizon voit son destin bascule pour toujours. Alors qu’il démonte l’antenne de télévision de sa maison, celle-ci touche la ligne à haute tension. Il est électrocuté si la première décharge de 20 000 V le tue sur le coup,la seconde le ramène à la vie. jusqu’à l’arrivée des pompiers, sa femme et son fils m’assiste, impuissant, à sa combustion. Lorsque, deux mois après le choc, il se réveille, il est amputé des quatre membres et bardé de tuyau dans une chambre stérile. Deux «solution» s’offrent à lui : mourir ou décidé de vivre. Il choisira de se reconstruire. Pour Jérémy 7 ans, et Grégory, né quelques mois après l’accident. Miracle de la volonté, au terme de cent heures d’anesthésies et d’opération, Philippe Croizon réussira à marché, à conduire et même à refaire la plongée sous-marine — son sport favori. rédigé à l’aide d’un logiciel de reconnaissance vocale, j’ai décidé de vivre ne reviens sur l’incroyable parcours d’un homme qui, après 12 ans de combats, n’a pas fini de nous étonner. Ce livre est une incroyable le son de courage et d’optimisme, la preuve que rien n’est impossible. Philippe Mon souhait est de laisser un témoignage de cet événement qui a bouleversé ma vie et celle de mon entourage, mais c’est aussi pour démontrer que malgré l’horreur, la vie est belle et la vie continue… C’est aussi le témoignage d’un handicapé et de la façon dont on vit avec un tel handicap. Témoigner, comment j’ai décidé de vivre grâce à l’amour et à l’humour! je décris tout ce que j’ai pu vivre à cause de, ou grâce à mon handicap… pourquoi mes proches ont dû créer une association pour me venir en aide ?

  • otto

    typical of the thugs and crooked pigs that are supposed to protect us.This guys pays taxes which means he paid to have his ass kicked by this pig.
    I hope they kill him while in prison….but we all know he will go to candyland joil and be released after say 3 months.

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