NEWARK -- A decorated Newark police detective whose background was highlighted in a petition the ACLU filed earlier this month seeking federal oversight of the department, pleaded guilty Friday to beating a handcuffed prisoner four years ago.
Vernon Parker, 37, of West Orange, faces eight years in prison for fracturing Shannon Taylor’s eye socket and shattering his jaw during a 2006 assault at the Franklin Street lockup, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino said.
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