Rep. Katherine Clark’s transgender daughter Riley Dowell convicted of assaulting a Boston police officer
The daughter of House Minority Whip Katherine Clark – the second most senior Democrat in the lower chamber – was sentenced to a year’s probation on Wednesday for her role in a violent protest in Boston earlier this year.
Riley Dowell, 23, was arrested by police in January after he allegedly spray-painted a memorial on historic Boston Common with anti-police slogans “NO COP CITY” and “ACAB” — an acronym for “All Cops are Bastards.” .
During her arrest, Dowell allegedly slapped a police officer in the face, leading to an assault and battery against a police officer, in addition to charges of vandalizing property, property marking, vandalizing a historic monument, and resisting arrest.
The daughter of the Democratic Whip struck a deal with prosecutors that will result in her case being dismissed after she wrote a letter of apology to Officer Daniel Roca, who suffered a bloody nose during the Jan. 21 incident and did 30 hours of community service within a year and repay the city the cost of removing its graffiti, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday.
According to the outlet, Dowell already wrote the apology note.
Boston City Court Judge Steven Key also ordered Dowell to continue undergoing therapy, complete a community-based program and stay away from the site of the anti-police protest.
After her arrest, Dowell, who is transgender, was initially identified by police reports by her birth name, Jared Dowell.
Clark confirmed Dowell’s arrest in a statement released in January.
“I love Riley, and this is a very difficult time in the cycle of joy and pain in parenthood,” Clark said. “This will be evaluated by the legal system and I am confident in this process.”
The Democratic congresswoman also brought Dowell to the floor of the House in March on International Trans Day of Visibility.
“Ahead of Trans Day of Visibility, I rise in honor of a community forced to struggle for existence. I rise in honor of trans voices that deserve to be heard – not silenced and not criminalized. I rise in honor of trans joy that deserves to be celebrated – not eradicated,” Clark said.
“I rise up with unconditional love for my trans daughter, Riley. And I rise in solidarity with all trans Americans who seek nothing less than their inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness.”