Acting Mayor Kim Janney said she plans to release preliminary recommendations from the Pat Rose report “in the coming days” as mayoral rival Andrea Campbell criticizes the fact that the promised report is not out yet.
Rose, a longtime Boston cop who rose to lead the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association union, is now behind bars on charges that he raped several children over the course of decades.
Earlier this spring, while Rose sat in prison, Jenny released some internal affairs files from an investigation into child rape allegations against Rose in the 1990s. The child accuser had ceased to cooperate with the police, which softened the case and Rose was briefly taken back on desk duty before finally getting her gun back.
As soon as Jenny released that paperwork, she vowed that the new Office of Police Transparency and Oversight and its chief, Stephanie Everett, would gather a report on the matter—but none showed up publicly, even though Everett told May. Started his work in the beginning of OPAT was not funded until the budget that took effect on July 1, but Jenny brought Everett on as mayoral staff and said she would have a report in 45 days.
“I ended decades of silence that protected an accused child predator within the BPD and directed the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency to suggest how to do it again,” Jenny stressed in a statement. ” “I will share initial recommendations in the coming days.”
She said she would appoint members to the OPAT Citizens Review Board this summer and called on the council to work with her quickly.
Campbell, a city councilor who is running for mayor and has been an outspoken advocate for major police reform, said she has “learned” that OpT hasn’t risen yet, says Jenny, who has taken the matter to court. holding back.
“I just said it’s absolutely absurd,” Campbell told reporters at a news conference outside City Hall on Wednesday, “His understanding is that the report exists, but the administration is simply not handing it out.”
Jenny’s office did not directly respond to questions about Opat’s position.
Campbell reiterated her call for the US Attorney’s office to investigate the case, saying OPAT — which she was a big proponent of last year — simply isn’t prepared to handle an investigation like this.
Rose was indicted on child rape charges in mid-August 2020 – and then more people came forward saying that he sexually assaulted her in some cases dating back to the 1990s. In all, Rose is behind bars in 33 cases stemming from allegations by six people. He has pleaded not guilty.
Rose served as the chairman of the powerful BPPA from 2014 to 2017.
Jenny drew some criticism for releasing only a few IA files from the ’90s, though she said she held back some investigative documents to protect the identities of the accusers. Paul Evans, the former commissioner who headed the police department in the 1990s, asked him to release it all and said he would act according to the book at the time.