Dante Parker's employer, the Victorville Daily Press, has placed another article in their paper about events relating to the killing of Dante Parker, announcing today's NAACP press conference with the family, as well as Wednesday's protest put on by CopWatch IE. Here is the link:
Press conference, protest planned after Parker death
NAACP, CopWatch IE to hold events Wednesday
Posted Aug. 18, 2014 @ 6:35 pm
Updated Aug 18, 2014 at 6:39 PM
VICTORVILLE — A press conference and a protest related to the death of a man who died in Sheriff’s Department custody are scheduled this week, according to the family and a watchdog group.
The family of Dante Parker, the Daily Press pressman who died on Aug. 12 after being stunned with a Taser “multiple times” by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies, will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The event will be hosted by the NAACP at its Victorville office, 14240 Andrews Drive.
CopWatch IE, a police accountability group based in the Inland Empire, has organized a 6 p.m. Wednesday protest at the Victorville Sheriff’s Station to “get justice for Dante Parker.”
The group operates under the motto: “Keeping the police accountable and empowering the community.”
Sheriff’s officials and family members did not express concern over the protest, as long as it remained peaceful.
“We don’t get involved or take sides,” sheriff’s spokesman Randy Naquin said Monday. “We make sure the citizens are safe and, as long as it’s peaceful, it is their right to (protest). That being said (the deputies) will have a plan in case things don’t stay peaceful.”
Dante Parker’s father, Darrell Parker, also stressed the importance of a peaceful protest, saying violence wouldn’t fix the problem or bring Dante back.
“As long as it’s a peaceful protest, I have no problem with it,” Darrell Parker said. “Violence won’t fix anything ... and I don’t want my son’s name being dragged out in a bad light.”
As of Monday, sheriff’s officials had not released any further information on the case. A “use-of-force” report, autopsy and police report are pending release. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said she “could not put a time frame on the investigation.”
Parker’s wife, Bianca Parker, said her husband’s body was released from the Riverside County Coroner’s Office on Friday, but she is still waiting to talk to detectives and pick up his property.
“We’re still waiting,” she said Monday. “Waiting to get his property, waiting for a police report, waiting to speak to the detective ... just waiting to find out.”
Parker’s funeral has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church, 2412 Griffith Ave. in Los Angeles. The event is open to the public.