A Colwyn Borough, Delaware County police officer has been placed under arrest as a result of an ongoing investigation into an incident in which a suspect in custody was tasered.
Cpl. Trevor Parham was arrested and charged with simple assault and related offenses for allegedly tasering a teenage suspect who was in a holding cell on April 24.
According to reports, the victim, identified as Da-Qwaun Jackson, 17, was handcuffed and shackled to a chair when Parham used his taser. Jackson was allegedly kicking the walls of his cell and being unruly.
Parham is free on bail and the investigation into the incident, which was allegedly covered up by fellow officers, continues.
In an unrelated criminal investigation, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office said that a man prosecuted for straw purchasing handguns for criminals was sentenced to 4 to 24 years in prison.
According to Tasha Jamerson, spokesperson for the Philadelphia D.A.’s Office, Jose Cruz waived his preliminary hearing before Judge Earl W. Trent on Monday and entered an open guilty plea of eight counts of purchasing handguns for various criminals. Of the eight guns, five still remain on the streets. Cruz was arrested by agents of the Gun Violence Task Force after one of the guns he purchased was found in a drug house by Philadelphia Police. In exchange for acting as a straw purchaser, Cruz was paid a total of $1,900 for the guns.
In another unrelated investigation, police have not released the identity of a man who was stabbed to death early Thursday morning. The victim, a 52-year-old African-American male, was found on the ground by responding officers suffering from a stab wound to the chest in the 5600 block of Arch Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene and as of Tribune press time, police were still determining a motive.