A Massachusetts man allegedly assaulted seven police officers on early Tuesday morning following a traffic stop.
Revere police say they pulled over Joseph Parker, 34, after they noticed him allegedly speeding. One officer told him to slow down, which is when Parker allegedly lost it, getting out of the car and waving his arms about, claiming that he was videotaping the officers, CBS Boston reports.
He also made repeated references to Ferguson, Missouri, where protesters have taken to the streets for the past week to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, who was killed in an altercation with Officer Darren Wilson last year.
Then Parker allegedly punched one of the officers, who hit his head on the concrete pavement and was knocked out. The other officers tried to restrain him, but Parker kept fighting them even as he was put in a police cruiser, officials say.
In the car, he then took off his shoes and began hitting the car’s windows in an attempt to break them. Police say they fired a Taser at Parker five times, but it had little effect.
Once at the Revere police station, police say, Parker seemed to show “signs of remorse,” but he then attacked the officers again, severely injuring one man’s leg. That officer ended up being taken to the hospital.
Police believe that Parker was under the influence of drugs.
However, a lawyer for the 34-year-old said that Parker was merely having a bad reaction to medication, CBS Boston reports. Parker has pleaded not guilty to a long list of charges, including multiple counts of assault and battery on a police officer.
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