• 73°
The Madison Record

Eric Parker returns to police force

Officer Eric Parker. CONTRIBUTED
Officer Eric Parker. CONTRIBUTED

MADISON – Officer Eric Parker has returned to work with Madison Police Department.

Major Jim Cooke, who also is serving as interim police chief, made the announcement on Sept. 6.

Parker returned from administrative leave on Sept. 6 and will be assigned to the department’s training unit until he completes required re-certifications. After his training is complete, Parker will receive his duty assignment.

“Chief Muncey was placed on administrative leave in April, and as Acting Chief, I assumed responsibility for the personnel issues surrounding Officer Parker,” Cooke said. “Since Officer Parker’s acquittal of all federal charges and the dismissal by the Attorney General of the misdemeanor charges against him, I have extensively reviewed all of the documentation regarding the case, and I have made the factual determination that Officer Parker’s actions in February 2015 did not amount to a policy violation.”

“This decision was based on the review of all departmental and court documentation,” Cooke said.

“I realize that some will question my decision. I cannot share the internal documentation that led me to this conclusion, but I strongly encourage you to read the Memorandum Opinion issued by Federal Judge Madeline H. Haikala after Officer Parker’s second federal trial, wherein she wrote, ‘[T]he evidence demonstrates that Officer Parker complied with MPD policy regarding preliminary investigations of suspicious individuals and MPD’s ‘Response to Resistance’ policy…Officer Parker made a split-second decision in a rapidly evolving situation rather than a premeditated decision to use violent force.’”

Cooke said “the opinion is an in-depth treatment of the law and its application to Officer Parker’s actions, and I believe it will offer clarity to those who currently do not understand the decision I have made.”

“It is important to underscore the fact that, despite rumors to the contrary, my decision was not influenced by any person or group. My decision is based solely on the facts of this situation and the application thereto of federal law, state law, and local policies and regulations,” Cooke said.

“I want to remind everyone that there remains pending a civil suit stemming from the events of last February. Therefore, the Madison Police Department will have no further comment until that case is concluded,” Cooke said.

“I assure the citizens of this community that there have been — and will continue to be — officers, dispatchers, support personnel, and command staff working 24/7/365 to keep Madison the safe city that it has been and still is. And as we continue to serve and protect, we must also move forward. It’s time,” Cooke said.

Harvest

CareerNAV to inform women in tech job market

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – Aug. 10, 2022

Madison

Extension Service: How to deal with chiggers

Business

New event announced: Christmas on the River at Ditto Landing

Madison

Trash Pandas homer, hang on for 5-4 win in Biloxi

Bob Jones High School

Nominations open for Bob Jones Hall of Fame

Madison

Nichols reminds families on COVID-19 procedures

Harvest

Partnership giving away Fentanyl test strips

Madison

Sheriff: Man flees from Limestone deputies in stolen ambulance, stolen fire truck

Madison

Triana, Madison libraries offer Makerspace for hi-tech crafts and more

Harvest

Art Tour of Homes expands into Madison with Estes and Overcash houses

Bob Jones High School

Neha, Puja Chopade’s research with Harvard mentors published in journal

Madison

Wroblewski in 15-mile swimming challenge for Wounded Warriors

Huntsville

Huntsville Ballet Company announces new season

Digital Version

Check out the August 2022 issue of Madison Living

Madison

Madison teen charged with murder after allegedly shooting brother

Bob Jones High School

Madison Area Lions’ donations help school nurses

Madison

Trash Pandas hang on, beat Lookouts 3-2 in finale

Madison

NewsNation network lauds Rodney Smith’s free lawn care

Madison

UPDATE: Madison man accused of killing former girlfriend

News

RD3 Legacy 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament Set For August 13

Madison

Trash Pandas bounce back against Lookouts with 5-2 victory

Bob Jones High School

Beautification board issues awards for well-kept sites

Madison

Auburn alum Sonny DiChiara joins Trash Pandas

x