If Dana Audet is to be believed, her fiance, Niagara Regional Police Constable Nathan Parker, is not a bad man, He’s simply misunderstood.
“What I really want to emphasize is that if you or I did something wrong at our job, we’d get a letter to file or we’d be disciplined. When a police officer oversteps, it goes in the newspaper.”
Given Constable Nathan Parker’s long and well-documented history of violence (see below), reporting of these events and the public scrutiny they bring is a good thing. Dana Audet, it seems, believes police officers like Constable Nathan Parker, who are granted extraordinary power over others, should not be held to a higher standard than mere citizens.
Toronto Sun reporter Brad Hunter quoted a Facebook post from Audet saying the entire event took place because of a disagreement over a bathroom break.
“I can’t wait till this is over, and then I can go public with the media on what happened! And NRP is not doing a thing about it. OK to shoot a co-worker 15x over going to the bathroom? This Shane Donovan, better not be aloud [sic] to return to work! Would you want to be pulled over with a trigger happy cop who turned on his own?”
If the Niagara Regional Police Service, as Audet claims, “has it out” for Parker it’s because of his own actions, not some imaginary persecution of a good cop.
“I always thought women were catty — when a beautiful blond walks into a room and women do and say things — this is a male version of that. They’re little boys playing one against another to move up the ladder.”
If she truly believes other cops are jealous of her fiance, she’s living in a fantasy world. This is a bad cop who should have been removed from the Niagara Regional Police Service a decade ago. I’m not the only person who is baffled this guy still has a badge and a gun.
Niagara Regional Police Service spokeswoman Stephanie Sabourin would not comment on the case.
“As this incident remains before the courts, out of respect for the ongoing judicial process and not wanting to interfere with Const. Nathan Parker’s right to a fair and impartial trial, we are not in the position to comment on the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
Justice Fergus O’Donnell will preside over Parker’s trial, according to the Peterborough Examiner. O’Donnell is a fair judge with a history of making good decisions. He is also unafraid to call things as he sees them, a refreshing change from standard judicial decisions. He’s also not afraid to use his rulings to educate defendants and citizens alike.
Timeline of Events
March 28, 2019: Tony Loparco, Director of Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, recommended charges against Donovan.
November 22, 2019: Almost a year later to the day, Crown counsel dropped all charges against Sergeant Donovan because there was “no reasonable prospect of conviction” against the man who successfully 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.
As of April 2, 2020, no date has been set for Parker’s trial.
Long History of Police Brutality
Niagara Regional Police Constable Nathan Parker is a cop with the long history of using excessive force and police brutality.
2005: Nathan Parker and fellow constable Paul Ooscinski were found guilty of violating the Code of Conduct for excessive force and unlawful arrest.
2006: Nathan Parker is found guilty of using excessive force after pepper-sprayed a teenager who was handcuffed in the back of his police cruiser.
2008: Nathan Parker assaults then illegally arrests cyclist Pino Carbonara. Parker’s superior officer, Staff Sgt. Chris Scotland, orders Parker to release Carbonara unconditionally.
“His actions were those of a bully. He’s shown no remorse and is unapologetic. The actions of Const. Parker are an embarrassment to the whole service,” said Niagara Regional Police Inspector Lorne Lillico.
2012: Pleaded guilty to discreditable conduct for conducting his own investigation of a commanding officer.
2015: Pleaded guilty to discreditable conduct and unnecessary use of force against a prisoner.