High-profile friends of State Representative Carlos Henriquez were quick to rush to the side of the Dorchester lawmaker after his arrest over the weekend for allegedly choking and punching a 23-year-old woman. Some may be tempted to see this as a noble example of friends who appear in time of need. But it came across more like callousness toward victims of dating violence and domestic assault.
No one is certain yet what took place between Henriquez and the alleged victim. Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, who went to the police station after Henriquez’s arrest, doesn’t know all the facts of this case. Neither do Boston School Committee member John Barros and Darnell Williams, head of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, who showed the flag at Monday’s court appearance where Henriquez pleaded not guilty to all charges.