Finally, some great news in the Detective Sergeant Shane Donovan case.
All charges against Sgt. Donovan were dropped on Friday, November 22, 2019, because there was no reasonable prospect the Crown could obtain a conviction against the man who defended his life from an attack by a fellow police officer.
He “believed his actions were fully necessary, fully justified and in defence of his life,” said Joanne Mulcahy, Donovan’s lawyer.
For those who don’t remember, Detective Sergeant. Shane Donovan was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon after he shot Constable Nathan Parker multiple times on November 29, 2018.
On March 28, 2019, Tony Loparco, Director of Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, recommended charges against Donovan. Those charges were dropped today. Praise God.
Donovan was defending his life against an attack from Constable Nathan Parker, a bad cop with a history of physically abusing family, mere citizens and fellow police officers alike.
Donovan shot Parker at least 9 times but, thanks to his duty vest, Parker survived – albeit with severe injuries he’s still recovering from.
At one point officials didn’t think he’d survive.
On May 22, 2019, Parker was charged with attempted murder of a peace officer, assaulting a peace officer, assault with intent to resist arrest, and assault with a weapon. His trial is not yet scheduled, but it is anticipated Det. Sgt. Shane Donovan will be a witness in that case.
This is one of those rare cases where I believe suspending a police officer with pay was warranted. And when I say “this case” I specifically mean Sgt. Shane Donovan.
The repulsive portion of this case is Nathan Parker, a cop with the long history of physical abuse was also suspended with pay. Niagara Regional Police should have tossed Parker off the police force years ago yet, for reasons nobody comprehends, this abusive man is still on the force.
He is recovering from wounds suffered as a result of his own abusive actions. That he is still receiving full pay is an offense to the very concept of justice and it’s an offense to the man he allegedly intended to kill – Detective Sgt. Shane Donovan.
I look forward to the start of Parker’s trial for attempting to murder a fellow police officer, which can’t start soon enough for my liking.