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Man sentenced for shooting at police during Wichita protests


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man who prosecutors say fired at police during racial injustice protests in 2020 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Henry Parker, 30, was sentenced Monday on 21 counts, including aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer.

Prosecutors said Parker left work and drove to the protest in Wichita, fired at officers trying to disperse a crowd and then returned to work. Parker was upset when a woman he called his sister was hit with a rubber bullet while she held a baby, according to a probable cause affidavit released by the court.

Parker's attorney contended he left work to pick up a friend and wasn't gone long enough to have driven to the protest site, The Wichita Eagle reported.

The unrest followed a mostly peaceful protest sparked by the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd, a Black man, during an arrest by Minneapolis police.

Bullets fragments from the gunfire grazed at least two officers’ riot helmets but no officers were seriously hurt.