The city law department today released a copy of the file about a 1995 child sexual-assault charge against Patrolman Patrick Rose, who later became head of the police union before retiring and being charged in court last year on charges of raping several children - allegedly including the daughter of one of his initial victims.
A memo attached by the law department says the file was redacted to ensure no information about potential victims was released; this included all details of the alleged crime. The file doesn't tell us much that we didn't already know thanks to the Globe's recent reporting.
The file says that the department's internal-affairs division "sustained" the 1995 allegations - which were initially filed in West Roxbury, the same as last year's charges - and that the department took Rose's gun away and assigned him to desk duty, but never tried to fire him.
In 1997, the file continues, the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association threatened to file a grievance, in response to which the department reassigned Rose to active patrol duty. The Globe reports a court case fell apart after the victim declined to go forward.
In a statement, acting Mayor Kim Janey, who ordered the file released, said:
Based on a review of former officer Rose’s internal affairs file conducted by the City’s Law Department, it is clear that previous leaders of the police department neglected their duty to protect and serve. Despite an internal affairs investigation in 1996 that found credible evidence to sustain the allegation against Rose for sexually assaulting a minor, it appears that the police department made no attempt to fire him.
It is deeply unsettling and entirely unacceptable that Rose remained on the force for two decades and eventually became the president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association. What’s more, Rose was allowed to have contact with young victims of sexual assault during the course of his career, and we now know that he allegedly went on to assault several other children.
His alleged behavior is disgusting, and the apparent lack of leadership shown by the department at the time is extremely troubling. This culture of secrecy cannot be tolerated. When members of law enforcement violate their sacred duty to protect and serve the community, we have no choice but to expose their misconduct and attempt to rebuild trust.