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Family will wait to see who ‘a case should be filed against’
ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Sep. 25, 2014 @ 4:41 pm
Updated Sep 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM

VICTORVILLE — The wife of a Victorville man who died after being stunned with a Taser multiple times last month told the Daily Press on Thursday that she is no longer pursuing legal action in the death of her husband, and is waiting to see exactly how she should approach a case.

Dante Parker, 36, a Daily Press employee, died Aug. 12 after the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said a female deputy stunned him with a Taser “multiple times.” Sheriff’s officials said in a news release that Parker was “aggressive and combative” when he was approached by the deputy after a woman reported a man riding a bicycle had attempted to break into her home.

“I want to see what’s going to happen and who exactly a case should be filed against,” Bianca Parker said. “They know they did everything wrong. How do you have four officers and a supervisor out there and they still do everything wrong?”

Bianca Parker told the Daily Press on Aug. 14 that the family had secured Orange County-based attorney Cameron Sehat to look into Dante Parker’s death.

At an Aug. 19 press conference, Sehat said that an investigation by his firm has yielded “conflicting stories” and that Parker was taken to the hospital with an “altered level of consciousness.”

“I’m not certain the source that made that statement (about Parker trying to break in) is reliable,” Sehat said at the press conference.

Sehat also said that based on medical records and family statements, Parker was not using drugs.

“What will be telling is the toxicology report,” he said. “Other than that, we can only speculate.”

Bianca Parker would not comment as to exactly why she was no longer pursuing the case with Sehat. She simply stated she “did not feel comfortable” with it.

Requests for comment from Sehat were not immediately returned.

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