Who knew a typical traffic stop would end up with a shirtless, white, Wakefield, Massachusetts, man banged up and saluting in his mug shot, and seven assaulted Revere police officers licking their wounds? And why the hell was he yelling about Ferguson of all things?
Could he be a fed-up white ally taking a stand for his black brothers and sisters? Or is he just another white nut blindly taking out his aggression on the first thing in sight – cops?
Thirty-four-year-old Joseph Parker was asked to slow down by police around 12:40 a.m. Tuesday morning after driving too fast through a construction zone, according to police. Rather than take the warning and roll on down the road, authorities claim Parker leaped from his car and punched officer Lt. Jeremiah Goodwin right in the noggin, who reportedly fell to the concrete and suffered a concussion.
Authorities believe Parker was under the influence of an unknown substance and was screaming out, “F*CK YOU, COPS, WITH YOUR GUNS!” griping on and on about Ferguson, Missouri. He told the cops, as well, “I know why you stopped me.”
Two passengers in Parker’s car used that as an opportunity to jump from the vehicle, as well, and hold back their crazy companion until backup arrived.
Parker then allegedly went after a second officer, setting off a chaotic scuffle that resulted in Parker assaulting three more officers who attempted to place him under arrest. Once handcuffed and placed in the back of a squad car, Parker kicked at a rear window until it cracked. He then took off his shoes and attempted to slip it through the window in the world’s most pathetic escape attempt. Somewhere in all the insanity, Parker was even tazed – a few times.
Later, Parker also assaulted three more officers when being booked “downtown,” where he allegedly behaved erratically, gibbering nonsense and constantly changing his story. That story is just as whacky as the initial assault during his traffic stop.
When authorities attempted to escort Parker into his holding cell, he is claimed to have said:
“What the f*ck are you talking about.”
He was still indignant that we was being arrested and held. He said again, “I know why you stopped me.”
Perhaps the drugs Parker was on made him think he was a black man? Hard to believe, but his behavior and statements sure make it sound that way, crazy as that is.
Parker then nodded toward a nearby exit and told the cops escorting him to his cell:
“I’m walking out that door.”
At that point, Parker crouched down in a corner, fancying himself some kind of prize fighter, and challenged police, ultimately charging one officer and punching him right in the kisser. Another officer’s leg was injured as several worked to subdue Parker. Three more officers suffered cuts and various abrasions.
In that scuffle, a metal detector was also broken.
In the end, Parker was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault and battery and malicious destruction of property. All that, and he could have just had a speeding warning – no small kindness from a police officer in a construction zone. He is being held on a $25,000 bond, having pleaded not guilty several hours after being detained. His next court appearance is set for Sept. 15.
Parker’s lawyer, Daniel Fitzgerald, however, told local media that his client “was on medication during the mass melee and may have had a bad reaction.” However, Parker completed a prison sentence for drug dealing not too long ago, though to his credit, his record is clear of violent offenses.
Whatever Parker’s political notions and ideas about cops, Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatter may be, one thing is clear – Parker would have never walked away from either of those episodes as a black man, so he sure as hell must be white.
Featured image via Suffolk Co. District Attorney via The New York Daily News