Suit claims man assaulted, Tasered by Missouri City PD

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Aug 29, 2012



HOUSTON - Missouri City resident Dion W. Parker claims he was a victim of police brutality at the hands of the Missouri City Police Department and has filed a lawsuit.

Recent court documents filed Aug. 20 in Houston federal court allege two MCPD officers threw Parker against a unit, physically assaulted and Tasered him "without provocation" during a stop near the plaintiff's apartment the evening of Aug. 20, 2010.

The original petition lists the city of Missouri City, the police department, Chief Joel Fitzgerald Sr., the two unnamed officers and Taser International, Inc. as defendants.

Parker recalls coming home from work when the defendant officers stopped him for an alleged crime against an unknown female.

According to the suit, the plaintiff had no knowledge of the offense since he was at work the whole time and his alibi was supported by the supposed victim who then approached the scene.

It further explains that the officers proceeded to curse and insult Parker, and just as he was about to head to his apartment, accosted and attacked him.

The plaintiff insists the police's Taser weapons inflicted "extreme pain and severe discomfort" when they struck him above his torso, stating he also suffered a concussion.

Moments after the disputed assault, authorities impounded Parker's vehicle "to which he was forced to pay towing and storage costs in order to secure its release," the suit says.

A Fort Bend County court later dismissed the charges brought against the complainant.

Parker consequently seeks nearly $10 million in damages and a jury trial.

He is representing himself.

Case No. 4:12-cv-2484

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