VICTORVILLE, Calif. — The family of a 36-year-old newspaper pressman is mourning his death after San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies used a Taser gun to stun him.
KNBC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1mLsSos ) that deputies on Tuesday used a Taser on Dante Parker during a struggle to take him into custody. Officers suspected Parker of breaking into a home in the 13000 block of Bucknell Court in Victorville.
Officials say deputies found Parker riding a bicycle away from the residence and tried to stop him, but he appeared to be under the influence of unknown substances and was combative.
Officials say Parker fought with a female deputy and left bruises on her arms. They add that the deputy used a Taser on Parker “multiple times” during a struggle.
“That whole story is totally wrong; that’s just not Dante,” Richard Loredo, a former Daily Press pressman who worked with Parker, said Wednesday. “Dante’s not a burglar … You can see how well his kids were raised; he was a good dad. For the police department to portray him like that is unfair.”
Parker frequently rode his bike in a bid to improve his health, according to friends and was doing just that when he was stopped by police.
“[Parker] was big, like a defensive end in football,” his cousin Ge’shun Harris told the Victorville Press. “I understand that he was big and intimidating, but whoever called the police was wrong, because I don’t believe he was doing such a thing.”
Parker was a married father of five and a pressman at the Victorville Daily Press. The Riverside County Coroner’s Office will conduct the autopsy to determine the cause of Parker’s death.