Boston cop charged with rape

Boston Police report Officer Henderson Parker was arrested late Sunday night after a woman told police he'd raped her at a Roslindale residence.

Parker, 45, has been suspended with pay and had his service firearm confiscated pending the outcome of the case against him.

Parker has been an officer for 18 years. The Globe reports Parker was suspended for 30 days in 2002 following "a physical confrontation of a domestic nature that resulted in injuries."

Parker lives in Roslindale himself; authorities declined to say if the alleged rape happened at his home.

Parker was arraigned today in West Roxbury District Court. Prosecutors asked for bail of $2,500 on the charges of indecent assault and battery and rape; a judge set bail at $1,000, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. He is next due in court Feb. 22.

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See, there's this thing

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It's called "innocent until proven guilty." It's one of the key tenets of our judicial system.

beat me to it Anon

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exactly, and if he's found guilty, he'll be fired. How else should BPD handle this?

Annie Dookhan

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Did the state wait to find out if Annie Dookhan was guilty before she was fired? If the police find the allegations serious enough to warrant suspension then he should be either fired or suspended without pay. If he ends up guilty will he have to reimburse the state for his pay while he was suspended?

Innocent until proven guilty is for the courts, not your employer.

Right

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Also a different issue -- I thought she was fired with cause, not fired for committing a crime while not in the course of her job.

At my job (human services agency, not unionized), the policy is that if we're accused of any felony or any crime involving violence, drugs, children, etc. we are removed from working with people until it's resolved. If feasible, we can be reassigned to answer phones or something in the meantime, or use vacation/sick time. We don't get to sit at home and get paid though.

AFAIK, regarding the "innocent until proven guilty" part, the job can't terminate you outright while something is under investigation, but I don't think they have to give you back your sick time or anything like that. I think it falls under the general umbrella of "shit happens" and would be just like any other life situation where you have to use your accrued time to resolve it, and that's why you have accrued time.

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Dookhan

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Dookhan could and should have been terminated long before for her utter and complete failure to follow established evidence handling and testing practices.

You don't have to be a criminal to be fired - you can merely be incompetent or otherwise not doing your job properly.

if the woman just made it up

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if the woman just made it up and he loses pay and in the end it is shown as nothing happened, that would be BS

yeah, but life isn't fair.

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yeah, but life isn't fair. If he wasn't in a union he would have been fired, and if found innocent it would have just been too bad, too sad. He shouldn't have put himself in a position for there even to be any allegations.

And i understand the difference between firing a union vs right to work employee, but that only speaks to the bigger issue and problem with unions. The people who are supposed to uphold the law feel that they are above it, and they know if they get in trouble that they will still be getting paid and the union will cover them. The globe article cites an incident from the Celtics parade that he was involved in where a 22 year old with a hear condition died after being arrested. No officers were disciplined and yet the city still paid $3 million to the family. Basically saying, "yup, we killed your son, here's your hush money", and the union was able to cover the a** of all the officers involved. What the globe article doesn't mention is when he was suspended for 30 days for his domestic assault incident if he was paid or not. I wouldn't be surprised if he was, in which case it would be a benefit to him and in no way a punishment. Unions are great, just ask Detroit.

Bail?

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Setting the paid vacation / 'suspension with pay' to one side - $1,000 bail seems awfully low for an alleged rape. Even $2,500 that the DA asked for seems light.