The Richardson Police Department heralded a promotion in the ranks for new Sgt. Parker Winn. He is described as being a Police Training Officer, member of SWAT, and part of the RPD Crisis Intervention Team. If the name Parker Winn doesn't sound familiar to you, maybe the name Neco Bonham will.
And if the name Neco Bonham doesn't strike a bell, maybe this photo of Officer Parker Winn making a traffic stop of Neco Bonham will.
Is your mind still coming up blank? Then let's go to the archives. The Dallas Morning News had the story back in 2021.
It seemed like a routine traffic stop, so Neco Bonham asked the officer why he wanted him out of the pickup truck.
Instead of an answer, the 18-year-old received an electric jolt from a Taser, punches to the head and handcuffs during the December 2018 incident, court records show.
It took the Richardson police officer about 15 seconds to escalate the encounter into a violent use of force, said Bonham’s lawyer.Source: Dallas Morning News.
The Wheel covered the story, too ("Chief Spivey Should Go"). All I can add now is to emphasize:
- that "the district attorney’s office dismissed all of the charges against Bonham just days after the February 2019 indictment, court records show."
- that "Winn received a written reprimand for escalating the traffic stop unnecessarily"
- that Bonham's "lawsuit says Winn was involved in five other misconduct episodes since 2017, for which he received some reprimands."
Today, in 2023, that same Officer Parker Winn is a Police Training Officer and part of the RPD's Crisis Intervention Team. Really? Is he typical of RPD's officers in those roles? And now he's a sergeant. Really?
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