Da’Qwan Jackson, 17, said that Parham arrested him after he crumpled up a disorderly conduct citation Parham gave him for refusing to identify himself after witnessing a fight. Whelan said the legality of that arrest remains under investigation.
While Jackson was handcuffed in the holding cell, Parham hit him with 50,000 volts of electricity because Jackson “kept kicking the gate and calling me names,” he texted a fellow officer, according to court documents.
Most disturbing to Whelan was that Parham texted the other officer that Jackson “got Tased in the cell lol.”
“It’s certainly not funny to anyone,” Whelan said.
An investigation is ongoing into other alleged misconduct by borough and police officials, including the acting head of the department, Wendell Reed. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Colwyn Mayor Daniel Rutland rescinded the state of emergency he declared Saturday after council agreed to no longer oppose the employment of Lt. Wesley Seitz, the man who informed Rutland of the Taser incident.
In a video on YouTube, Parham talks with his twin, Troy, about a book they wrote, Mr. Malik, and a movie they are making, “Millionaire.” Both are based on the life of their father, who they claim was a private investigator and the partner of a big-time heroin dealer. In the video, the twins are wearing identical Argyle sweaters and drinking white wine. The Parhams talk about their passion for twin conventions, poetry, writing and movie-making.
“We’re like Moses right now,” Trevor Parham says. “Everybody is behind us.” n
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