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Rosie DiManno: So many unanswered questions in wake of Niagara police shooting

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23.05.2019

One cop riddled with bullets. Two cops charged.

The shooter and the victim, both of whom are officers with the Niagara Regional Police Services.

But whatever happened that night, down a country road near the town of Pelham, witnessed by a dozen other cops, remains a mystery.

The Special Investigations Unit had their kick at the can in this apparent cop-on-cop shooting. In March, they charged Det. Sgt. Shane Donovan with the attempted murder of Const. Nathan Parker.

On Wednesday morning, the Ontario Provincial Police charged Parker with assaulting a police officer, assault with intent to resist arrest and assault with a weapon.

You needn’t be a detective to read between the lines.

Read more:

OPP charge Niagara Region officer who was shot in argument with fellow cop

Niagara cop charged with attempted murder of fellow on-duty officer following 2018 shooting

Opinion | Rosie DiManno: Officer shot in Niagara had ‘bad blood with the world,’ brother says

In the Nov. 29, 2018 incident — which is a meek word to describe the high-noon “altercation” — the SIU designated Donovan as their only subject officer, meaning Donovan would be the only cop who could invoke his legal right not to provide a statement on events of that day. Thirteen other cops, including Parker, were designated as witness officers, meaning they were compelled to submit to SIU interviews.

That’s practically an entire platoon. So why would so many cops be present for what was supposed to have been a routine followup — reconstructing the scene — of an impaired driving collision 17 days earlier? How long before the SIU was called and arrived to........

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