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Washington Officer That Punched Handcuffed Woman Won’t Face Charges

Seattle police have released the in-car video of a police officer punching a handcuffed woman after she kicked him.aaapunch  The officer broke an orbital bone in the womans face.  She was handcuffed, she was already subdued, but the officer felt the need to make her pay for kicking him as she was being placed in the back of his patrol car.

The King County Prosecutor announced that the officer will not face criminal charges; he acknowledged the officer’s actions might not meet the Seattle Police Department’s policies, but says that does not mean it was a criminal act.

Officer Adley Shepherd responded to a call about a possible domestic violence incident in South Seattle. The situation escalated. A woman involved in the incident, Miyekko Durden-Bosley, was put in handcuffs and placed in a patrol car.

Bosley kicked Officer Shepherd who responded with a single punch to the woman’s face.

Bosley’s attorney says the officer’s punch broke an orbital bone.  Officer Shepherd’s attorney says his client did what he needed to in this circumstance.

The King County Prosecutor examined the findings and said there was not enough to prove the punch was unreasonable. No criminal charges will be filed against Officer Shepherd.

The Seattle Police Officers Guild is supporting Officer Shepherd who is a 9 year veteran of the department. The union says he should be returned to full duty as soon as possible. Officer Shepherd remains on administrative leave while an internal investigation proceeds.

Excessive force?  Most certainly.  Repercussions?  Sadly no.  I think the key thing that the King County prosecutor ignores is that this woman was handcuffed.  She was already subdued, what possible excuse is there to break the orbital bone in a handcuffed womans face?  This officer is absolute garbage.  Maybe someday karma will catch up to him, but sadly, not this time.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Julie Young says:

    that video actually turns my stomach, makes me nauseous. Another egotistical cop who thinks the badge gives him god-like authority. How can any reasonable people let him off without repercussions??

    Tristan, would you comment on the Margaret Mayer case, the lady who was convicted in Houston of hit-and-run of the bicyclist. What they keep NOT talking about is that the bicyclist was riding at night in a lane of traffic, wearing dark clothing and NO lights on her bike.

    I think frightened people leave the scene of an accident because they know they will be crucified for accidentally hitting someone they could not even see in the dark!

    • The decision whether or not to prosecute the officer was up to the district attorney in King County. The problem exists nationwide in these circumstances because you are asking a prosecutor that works with the police in every single case that comes across their desk to make a decision whether or not to pursue charges against a cop, that they may need help from in the future. Special prosecutors should be used in these situations in my opinion.

      Margaret Mayer was actually convicted of failing to stop and render aide in a deadly traffic incident. Under this law, there is no evaluation over whether or not the person is at fault for the accident or not.

      TX TRANSPORTATION CODE 550.021
      The operator of a vehicle involved in an accident that results or is reasonably likely to result in injury to or death of a person shall:
      (1) immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the scene as possible;
      (2) immediately return to the scene of the accident if the vehicle is not stopped at the scene of the accident;
      (3) immediately determine whether a person is involved in the accident, and if a person is involved in the accident, whether that person requires aid; and
      (4) remain at the scene of the accident until the operator complies with the requirements of Section 550.023.
      … …
      (c) A person commits an offense if the person does not stop or does not comply with the requirements of this section. An offense under this section:
      (1) involving an accident resulting in:
      (A) death of a person is a felony of the second degree

      A second degree felony is punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison. You are right, but her motivations, fears, etc. are not considered under Texas law for prosecution in this situation. If you are in an accident you know could involve serious injury or death and you do not stop, you can be found guilty.

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