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October 20, 2012

Ex-cop: TASER hit showed good judgment

Officer made an arrest after responding to reports of a fight that had dispersed or never happened

By Stephanie Farr
The Philadelphia Daily News

COLWYN, Pa. — In interviews with detectives, a former Colwyn Borough cop said he was "using my better judgment" when he hit a teen who was shackled in a holding cell with a stun gun earlier this year, instead of using pepper spray.

Former Colwyn Police Cpl. Trevor Parham began his bench trial Thursday in Delaware County Court on simple-assault and official-oppression charges for unlawfully arresting and stun-gunning 17-year-old Da'Qwan Jackson.

The April 24 incident rattled the tiny borough of 2,500 residents that has been mired for years in racial and political tensions.

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