I have called on Mayor Janey to release all investigation and internal affairs records of officer Patrick Rose, who is accused of multiple acts of child abuse over a period of decades. What has been released so far indicates deep systemic issues with how the Boston Police Department handled this disturbing case.
The fact that Patrick Rose stayed on the force for more than two decades after an internal affairs investigation found that he abused a 12-year-old child raises serious concerns that there is a systemic accountability problem in the BPD.
The residents of Boston deserve to know if this decades-long cover-up is a horrendous one-time failure, or part of a systemic pattern of immunity for officers credibly accused of heinous crimes.
I’m calling on the administration to provide a written report on the number of internal affairs investigations of police officers accused of sexual assault over the past 30 years. This report must include how many officers had charges sustained against them, how many were referred for prosecution, and how many of those officers are still on the force today.
We need to stand up for survivors by demanding transparency. We have a responsibility to children to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. We have a right to know.
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