05/18/2012

DA: Pa. officer sent text making fun of TASER incident

After the incident, town declared a state of emergency

By Mari A. Schaefer
The Philadelphia Inquirer

COLWYN, Pa. — The Delaware County district attorney brought charges Thursday against a Colwyn Borough police officer who allegedly Tasered a handcuffed 17-year-old while the teenager was shackled in a jail cell, and then made fun of the incident in a text message to another officer.

Cpl. Trevor Parham of Upper Darby was charged Thursday with simple assault and official oppression, both misdemeanors, the District Attorney's Office said. He was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

"This is unfortunate, disappointing, and it is offensive," District Attorney Jack Whelan said. Whelan said his department was still trying to determine whether there was cause to arrest the juvenile, who had been charged with disorderly conduct. Whelan said sending text messages when someone is hit with a stun gun was "not funny."

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