Parker sentenced to probationPublished 5:23pm Monday, October 8, 2012
A Niles man, William Darren Parker, was given a two-year probation sentence with 60 days in jail and ordered to pay $1,838 Monday in Berrien County Trial Court for resisting and obstructing police.
Niles police alleged Parker was confrontational when he was denied access to the ambulance his mother was in being treated for a seizure on the evening of March 24 in the 700 block of Oak Street in Niles.
“This whole situation is of his own making,” Assistant Prosecutor Cara Wilkinson said, adding this “whole ordeal” could have been avoided had Parker calmed down.
Parker initially denied the charges and claimed officers beat him in the head several times after he left the ambulance.
Parker was arraigned on three charges of assault and resisting and obstructing a 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.
Parker, 39, did not address the court. Judge Dennis Wiley said 911 was called, bringing ambulance personnel trained to save lives, but “it became all about you.”
Parker “flailed away,” screamed and shouted “until it became a fiasco,” the judge said.
Previous testimony the defendant gave when he attempted to withdraw his plea and switch attorneys, “tells me a lot about your behavior,” Wiley said, calling Parker “manipulative.”