Niles man involved in altercation with police arraignedPublished 4:41pm Monday, April 2, 2012
William Parker, a Niles man who has accused Niles cops of police brutality, was arraigned on three charges of assault and resisting and obstructing a police officer and emergency personnel Monday.
Each of the felony charges carries a two-year maximum penalty.
A preliminary hearing will be set within 14 days. Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety. Parker is being represented by Benton Harbor attorney Andrew Burch.
The alleged offense occurred March 25 when Niles police, Niles fire and Southwestern Community Ambulance Service units responded to a 911 call for Parker’s mother, who was having a seizure at a home on the 700 block of Oak Street.
Details are unclear, as Parker and Niles police officers offer different accounts of what transpired.
Parker claims police officers used excessive force when arresting him after emergency personnel wouldn’t let him in the ambulance with his mother. He said after being Tased, he was repeatedly hit in the head by an officer,
But Niles Police Chief Jim Millin told the Star last week Parker became profane and confrontational when he was denied entrance into the ambulance. When officers attempted to arrest him, he resisted, Millin said. Officers then used a Taser to disable Parker, who hit one of the officers, according to Millin. The officer then hit Parker back, the chief said.
Parker was taken to the hospital and treated for minor head wounds.
The Niles police department is investigating the incident. Millin wasn’t available for comment Monday, and other officers were unable to comment on the progress of the investigation.
According to police documents, Parker’s criminal record includes a drunken driving arrest in November 2011 and a resisting and obstructing arrest in January 2003.
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