Police Abuse

It Takes a Thief


Former Independence, Kansas, police chief Kenneth Parker entered Alford pleas to perjury, official misconduct, misuse of public funds and theft of property valued at more than $25,000. An Alford plea acknowledges there is enough evidence for the defendant to be convicted of the crime. Parker stole ammunition, bottled water, camping equipment, cots, firearms, food, generators, cash and other property from the city while serving as chief.