Battenfeld: Another child of power and privilege in trouble with the law

Another child of power and privilege is in trouble with the law, and odds are she won’t pay a steep price.

The 23-year-old daughter of Democratic House Whip Katherine Clark is accused of striking a police officer and defacing an historical monument at a Boston Common protest. She was charged with assault and battery and released on Monday on just $500 cash bail after pleading not guilty.

The question is, if you had assaulted a police officer and defaced an historic monument, what would happen to you?

If you were accused of groping a woman on an airplane, what would happen to you?

And what would happen to you, if you were found by police passed out with guns in your car?

Former Gov. Charlie Baker’s son was accused but never charged with groping a woman on a flight to Logan Airport. A redacted police report says the victim said during the flight, “Don’t do that … don’t do that” and moved to another seat.

The case was transferred to the U.S. Attorney’s office, where it languishes without any resolution or disclosure of what the government has done against Baker.

The son of a state police superintendent was charged with improper storage of a firearm after he was allegedly found by police passed out hanging out of his car after a night out. After his arraignment, he was released without bail and escorted out of the courthouse by a local police officer to keep the media away.

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Now, Clark, the second most powerful House Democrat who has a major influence on congressional policy, is in the spotlight for the alleged actions of her daughter, Riley, identified in police reports as Jared.

It’s an opportunity for Clark — who has denounced “extremists” in the Republican Party — to say that police officers performing their duties should not be attacked. I’m against assaulting police officers.

But she won’t even come close to saying that.

Clark, a liberal, wouldn’t directly say she doesn’t condone assaulting a cop.

“I condemn violence against everyone, whether that is against police or against community members as a result of any person or government entity,” a clearly uncomfortable Clark said.

“I am going to refer to my statements that I’ve already released on this,” Clark added. “I love all my children and Riley dearly. But this is a difficult time in that cycle of joy and pain of being a parent. I have full trust in the legal system. This case is before it, and I have confidence that there will be an equitable and fair outcome.”

Sure there will.

Politicians and people with power and privilege try to pretend like they’re one of us, but they’re not. They get special treatment that you and I won’t get. It’s a double standard we’re all familiar with.

The Jan. 6 rioters who assaulted cops are all getting serious prison time, which is deserved.  What are the odds that Clark’s daughter’s case will go to trial?

What are the odds she will get a serious sentence?

These political hacklings got special treatment the average Joe will never see.

U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark kept it short in Watertown Monday when asked about her daughter’s assault case. (Chris Christo/Boston Herald)