Off-duty Slaughter police officer arrested for domestic abuse and false imprisonment

SLAUGHTER — The Brusly Police Department arrested an off-duty Slaughter police officer for domestic abuse and false imprisonment on Friday, according to an arrest warrant reviewed by Unfiltered with Kiran. Richard Joseph Parsons Jr. allegedly hit his girlfriend during an argument about rent and trapped her in the bathroom. 

Parsons hit her “with an open hand in the face causing pain and redness,” as she tried to call 911, according to the warrant. Parsons also “verbally admitted to blocking [her] from leaving the bathroom.” 

UWK does not name victims of alleged crimes unless they want to come forward. 

Parsons wrote in a text message that he would show his side of what happened in due time. 

“I’ll just prove it in the long run that it’s not what’s being portrayed,” he wrote. 

Walter Smith, Slaughter chief of police, wrote in a text to UWK that Parsons has been a Slaughter police officer for approximately two years. He said it is up to the city council about whether Parsons will remain an officer with the department.

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