As astounding and incomprehensible as it sounds, a Niagara Regional Police Constable who went berserk on a cyclist on May 6, 2008 filed a human rights complaint against his superiors because they hurt his feelings.
Constable Nathan Parker, who has never shown one iota of remorse for his disgraceful actions of that day, felt hard done by when a police disciplinary board ruled he should be docked 120 hours of pay. Oh, the poor little hard-done-by crybaby.
Constable Nathan Parker has a history of abusive actions against those I refer to as “mere citizens”. You know who they are… they’re you, me, our wives and children; anyone who doesn’t wear a badge and gun and call himself a “police officer” when he is merely a police constable.
One such mere citizen, Pino Carbonara, was riding his bicycle down the street on May 6, 2008 when an off-duty Constable Nathan Parker practically ran Carbonara over with his vehicle. Understandably upset at nearly being killed, Carbonara shook his fist and yelled at the fleeing motorist. If you can call that a mistake, then Pino Carbonara made one that day and paid the price for it.
Constable Parker pulled over, hopped out of his vehicle and began screaming at the cyclist. He then grabbed Carbonara and physically pulled him off his bicycle. His feet still locked into his bike pedals, Carbonara crashed to the ground and was placed in handcuffs. Parker then called for backup and had Carbonara taken to the police station and booked for criminal mischief.
After hearing what went on, not even Parker’s superior officer, Staff Sgt. Chris Scotland, would back Parker’s version of events. He ordered the thug cop to release Pino Carbonara unconditionally.
"He feels he is being picked on by his employer and is the victim of bias. 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.
That’s a pretty strong statement from the Blue Wall that your actions were out of line, don’t you think, Constable Parker?
When your own supervisors won’t back your play, one would think you’d get the message that you’ve been out of line.
Naturally, Parker is upset that Carbonara has brought an official complaint against him, as well as a civil suit.
I guess you shouldn’t act like such a colossal jerk if you don’t want to suffer the consequences of your actions, Constable Parker.
Constable Nathan Parker was eventually found guilty of two counts of unlawful exercise of authority under the Police Services Act in June.
As I mentioned at the outset of this article, this isn’t the first time Constable Nathan Parker has abused his authority and been found guilty by police review boards. It's not even the second time. Or the third...
On June 9, 2006 Parker was found guilty of two counts of misconduct for using unnecessary force against a prisoner, contrary to section 2(1)(g)(ii) of O. Reg. 123/98 (the “Code”). The Hearing Officer also found that Constable Parker had neglected his duty by failing to report a matter, contrary to section 2(1)(c)(v) of the Code.
In June of 2006 he was found guilty of using excessive force after he pepper-sprayed a teenager who was handcuffed in the back of his police cruiser.
In 2005 he and fellow constable Paul Ooscinski were found guilty of, to quote the decision,
acting contrary to sections 2(1)(g)(i) and (ii) of the Code of Conduct found at O. Reg. 123/98 (the “Code”).
Section 2(1)(g)(i) deems it to be misconduct when an officer “without good and sufficient cause makes an unlawful or unnecessary arrest”. Section 2(1)(g)(ii) states that an officer commits misconduct if he or she “uses any unnecessary force against a prisoner or other person contacted in the execution of duty …”
Despite the long and documented pattern of police brutality on the part of Constable Nathan Parker, the problem isn’t his, it’s everyone else’s. He’s just “misunderstood”. He’s just doing his job.
I suppose in Parker’s mind it’s all true though. The difference is that in the real world, using excessive force repeatedly throughout your career is what we mere citizens call a pattern of police brutality. The stunning and shocking truth (at least to Nathan Parker) is that you just don’t find multiple convictions for excessive force in the personnel files of good cops.
But since he’s just doing his job and is misunderstood by his superiors, this disgraceful piece of canine feces cries to the Human Rights Commission that his feelings are hurt.
How dare they say he’s such a big meanie!
What a joke.
Let me say this clearly so perhaps even Nathan Parker can comprehend…
Constable Nathan Parker, you have a right to act like a human being, to treat other Canadians like human beings and to be held accountable for your actions when you do not. You are, after all, a member of a police force so you must be held to a higher standard than the mere citizens you so obviously despise.
You have no “human right” not to have your feelings hurt, especially when it is your own heinous actions that lead you to be held accountable for abusing mere citizens in the first place.
On the flip side, we mere citizens do have a right NOT to be abused by you every time you interact with one of us.
Now, I know that will shock and horrify you, Constable Parker, but it’s true. You’d know all of this if you had ever actually read the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, something you clearly have not done.
Needless to say I was shocked when I stumbled on a story on the St. Catharine’s Standard website about this badge-wearing thug and his ridiculous human rights complaint. Nathan Parker filed his complaint on May 24, 2011 and it was reported by Standard writer Karena Walter on July 14, 2011.
As I said, I stumbled on the report completely by accident, which is why I hadn’t written a followup until now. I tried searching for any ruling on this absurd case but was unsuccessful. I would hope that it would be tossed out with the morning trash.
If you want some interesting insights into the background of this [alleged] police “officer”, I would urge you to read the following three rulings from the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services, after which I’m sure you too will find it a little difficult to feel too sorry for Constable Nathan Parker and his pathetic wailing about his “hurt feelings”: