Crime

Massachusetts Man Takes Patriotic Mug Shot After Allegedly Assaulting 7 Officers

| by Lauren Briggs

A Massachusetts man struck a patriotic pose for his mug shot, after he allegedly brawled with several officers following a traffic stop on Tuesday.

Officers ordered Joseph Parker, a 34-year-old from Wakefield, Massachusetts, to stop his car while construction workers removed cones from the road at 12:40 a.m., reports the Boston Globe. At this point, he allegedly knocked a police officer unconscious became violent, trying to kick in a police cruiser window.

An officer used a Taser on Parker while he was “kicking violently and wildly at officers,” but it did little to restrain him, the police report said.

Parker reportedly injured six more officers: two during his arrest and four more at the police station.

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“I know why you stopped me,” Parker said. According to the Daily Mail, Parker made numerous references to recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, which has seen civil unrest for the past year, after officer Darren Wilson gunned down Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

“F*ck you cops with your guns,” Parker allegedly yelled, among other expletives.

When the officers arrested the combative man and read him his Miranda rights, he said them aloud with them and saluted the camera for his shirtless mug shot.

While officers booked him, Parker is said to have yelled “What the f*ck are you talking about? I’m walking out that door.”

Officers say that at the Revere police station, Parker got into a boxing stance and challenged one officer to a fight before punching another one. At that point, a “violent physical altercation” took place.

According to WCVB, Parker faces charges of assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer, malicious destruction of property, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

According to his lawyer, Dan Fitzgerald, Parker may have been taking medication that affected his behavior at the time, and friends and family are “concerned.”

The suspect, who was held on a $25,000 bond, pled not guilty in Chelsea District Court and is due back on September 15.

Parker had recently finished serving seven to eight years in prison for cocaine trafficking.

Sources: Boston Globe, Daily MailWCVB
​Photo Credit: Revere Police Department