Traffic Stop Gone Bad: Man Stopped for Speeding in a Construction Zone references Ferguson before Knocking Police Lieutenant Unconscious, is Restrained by his own Passengers, Brawls with other Cops and Gives Patriotic Salute in his Mugshot
Meet 34 y/o Joseph Parker, a self-proclaimed patriot. That is him saluting for the camera in his mug shot below….
Per the police Joe was stopped at approximately 12:40 am on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Lt. Jeremiah Goodwin, who was working a construction zone detail on the Revere Beach Parkway, so that a construction worker could remove cones from the roadway.
Per police, Joe’s reaction was to exit his vehicle, tell Lt. Goodwin “I know why you stopped me… f*ck you cops with your guns”, (believed to be a reference to the events in Ferguson) and then to punch Lt. Goodwin in the face, causing him to fall backward, hit his head on the ground, lose consciousness and suffer a concussion.
Joe Frazier, er, Parker wasn’t done. After KO’ing Lt. Goodwin Joe went after another officer but was physically restrained before doing so by his own two (2) passenger / occupants from his vehicle. It reportedly took several officers to get Joe handcuffed and into a squad car, where, once secured inside, Joe proceeded to kick a rear window until it cracked and then get his feet wedged in between the cage bars. When officers tried to untangle him Joe reportedly began “kicking violently and wildly at officers”, so they tased him, but reported that the taser “had little effect”.
When they got to the Revere, Massachusetts Police Station Joe allegedly challenged another police officer to a fight, assuming a boxing stance and refusing to walk from the booking area to the cell block. No one expected Joe to “rope a dope” as he reportedly lunged at and punched a different officer in the face.
In the end, two (2) cops went to the hospital and four (4) were allegedly injured. Joe was charged with four (4) counts of assault and battery on police officers, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and destruction of property.
By way of explanation Joe’s lawyer offered that he may have been on medication which influenced his behavior. Um, yeah…. like maybe….
Memo to Joe: Seriously? All you had to do was stop and wait a moment or two (2) for the guy who is working his ass off on the Parkway in the middle of the night (the construction worker, not the cop) and then move along on your way. I don’t know what substance (or combination of substances) was (were) twisting your brain but Ferguson, Missouri is 1,200.4 miles (18 hours and 26 minutes via I-90 West and I-70 West – source: Google Maps) from Revere, Massachusetts, and you and your situation have absolutely nothing whatsoever either in common or to do with that matter.
Memo to the Folks: This, like many, was a completely avoidable incident. I was not there, although I did see some news footage I have not seen any live digital footage from the police so all I have to go on is the dozen or so news articles which I read on this story, but it seems to me that this one is on Joe. And yes, sometimes it is on the cops, but in any event these unfortunate situations are almost all avoidable where clear thinking and cool heads prevail. My father always taught me that you can never, ever, control what any other person on the planet does, but you can control what you choose to do. If you find yourself in a roadside encounter (or wherever you may come into contact with law enforcement) then I urge you to keep your cool, follow the “Rule of the Three P’s” (be patient, pleasant and polite) – even if you are 100% right and the cop is 100% wrong, and do nothing to escalate the situation. There is a time and a place and a person to push your agenda, and that is later, in court, by your lawyer. Not only will you will almost never be vindicated on the roadside but you will almost always make matters worse by failing to follow said “Rule of the Three P’s”. Further you will almost always get a first hand education as to the time tested law enforcement adage that “you might beat the rap but you won;t beat the ride”. Please take a look at my Webisode on “Roadside Etiquette”, which you can see by clicking the YouTube link below.
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