Probation for fake cop

Probation for fake cop

The South Euclid man who posed as a cop was sentenced to probation on Monday.

William Parker was given two years of probation with intensive mental health care.

On January 10, Parker, 56, was following the vehicle of the 49-year-old male victim in the area of Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland. The victim attempted to exit his vehicle, but was ordered back into his vehicle by Parker, who was holding a BB gun.

Parker, who was posing as a police officer, was wearing a police badge and police vest, handcuffs, pepper spray and a gun holster. An East Cleveland police officer was driving by and witnessed the suspect pulling the gun on the victim.

The officer pulled into the parking lot and arrested Parker.

On April 4, Parker pleaded guilty to one count of impersonating a peace officer and one count of aggravated menacing with forfeiture specifications.

Parker could go away for three years if he doesn't follow the rules of his probation. Judge Robert McClelland wisely ordered him not to wear any more police uniforms.

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