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Man pleads guilty after claiming police brutality

Published 4:21pm Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Niles man who accused Niles cops of police brutality in March pleaded guilty last week to one count of resisting and obstructing a police officer.

William Parker is scheduled to be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. July 30 at the Berrien County South Courthouse.

Cara Wilkinson, Berrien County assistant prosecutor, said her office agreed to dismiss two additional charges of resisting and obstructing in exchange for Parker’s guilty plea June 29.

City police allege Parker was boisterous and confrontational when he was denied access to the ambulance his mother was in on the evening of March 24 in the 700 block of Oak Street in Niles.

Parker initially denied the charges and claimed officers beat him in the head several times after he had left the ambulance.

Parker was arraigned on three charges of assault and resisting and obstructing police officer and emergency personnel April 2.

Niles Police conducted an internal investigation into the incident but found no evidence of police brutality or excessive force.

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