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Dante Parker, 36
Victorville, California
August 12, 2014

Agencies: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department California

Last updated: almost 2 years ago

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A Victorville resident told police that a robbery suspect had fled on a bicycle. The police detained Dante Parker, a 36-year-old pressman at the Daily Press newspaper, apparently because they found him nearby on a bike. Though Parker had no criminal record (other than a DUI), a scuffle ensued and Parker was tased repeatedly when he resisted arrest, according to witnesses. He began breathing heavily and was taken to a hospital, where he died. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is conducting an investigation.

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On Monday August 24, 2015, prosecutors announced that the deputy’s actions were determined justified in the case. According to prosecutors, it was the drug PCP, not a San Bernardino County sheriff deputy’s Taser, that was the main cause of Parker’s death.

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The Parker family filed suit in January 2015 alleging 10 civil rights violations from Parker’s death in deputies’ custody