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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Maserati Police Car? Cuff him Danno!

Police in Massachusetts cited the driver of a Maserati Gran Turismo for impersonating a police officer when he was found zooming around town in the exotic sports car painted black and white with police decals.

The Maserati Gran Turismo had been “dipped” (temporary plastic spray had been applied) to resemble a character from the Transformers movie.  In the movie, Barricade transformed into a police maserati-police-car-eric-clarkcar.  The hot rod spared no expense making his own car look like the one from the movie, adding white doors and police-style decals.

The man was pulled over while driving the car earlier this month and summoned to appear on charges of impersonating a police officer.

Much like in Texas, cops in Massachusetts don’t take impersonating an officer lightly.  In Mass., “falsely assuming to be a police officer” is the way they style the charge, and it is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $400 fine.

Here in Texas it is a little different – and maybe the man would have a defense!  The most serious offense is impersonation of a public servant, which is a 3rd degree felony.  However, the state must prove that you meant to induce someone to submit to your show of authority.  (Little danger here with the Maserati I would think).  The likely charge here would be False Identification as a police officer, which is a class B misdemeanor.  It is a defense to this charge if “the item was used or intended for use exclusively for decorative purposes or in an artistic or dramatic presentation.”  Under this defense, I would say that any good lawyer, in Texas, could get the charges dismissed.  Don’t know what will happen to him in Yankee-land.

The man’s lawyer says his client plans on removing the temporary decorations, although he isn’t planning to do so until after he drives to court for his first hearing on September 4th.

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Friendswood Officer dodges DWI conviction after paperwork botched

Friendswood police officer Fred Cramer was arrested for DWI – but due to a mistake in the paperwork submitted by the Pearland Police officers that arrested Mr. Cramer, he dodged a DWI conviction and was convicted of Public Intoxication instead.

Pearland Police confronted Friendswood Officer Fred Cramer when they saw his motorcycle lying in the road, last October. Cramer admitted he had come from a nearby bar, but refused a field sobriety test. Officers then got a warrant to draw his blood.

After Mr. Cramer refused to perform field sobriety tests, a warrant was obtained to draw his blood.  The results: a BAC of .264, three times the legal limit.

The big mistake was in how the officers obtained the warant to take his blood: The search warrant never authorized the taking of Mr. Cramer’s blood, in fact it authorized the taking of someone else’s blood.  In fact, the arresting officer accidentally put down his own name instead of Cramer’s.

So was Cramer punished by his department?  Nope, he got a slap on the wrist; Cramer was given a letter of reprimand in January, referred through substance abused counseling and put back on the streets.

I have to hand it to Mr. Cramer, he used his knowledge oi DWI to his advantage.  First, he gave the arresting officers as little evidence to work with as possible.  He refused the sobriety tests.


Next, he refused a breath or blood test.  This forced the officers to obtain a warrant – and left open the possibility that something could get screwed up, and it did.


Good Show officer Cramer.  Some may say this is a miscarriage of justice.  But don’t blame Cramer, blame Officer dumbass of Pearland PD.  Warrants are highly scrutinized, for good reason.  Our 4th amendment rights must be protected.  If that means one has to slip by to protect the rights of the rest of us – so be it.

Public Intoxication is a Class C Misdemeanor, and if Mr. Cramer pleads guilty and goes on deferred disposition, he can later have the offense expunged from his criminal record. A DWI conviction is impossible to get off your criminal record.




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El Paso prisoner shot & killed while in custody (w/ video)

Yet another horrible, cold-blooded act of police brutality at the hands of Texas corrections officers – but this time, they killed a man in cold blood.  The city of El Paso released a video showing inmate Daniel Saenz being shot to death while in custody by Officer Jose Flores.

It all started when Saenz was taken to a local hospital after exhibiting strange behavior at a supermarket. At the hospital, he allegedly attacked an off-duty officer and was arrested.

The video speaks for itself.  Yes, you can tell there was a struggle and that Saenz was being beligerant.  But shooting and killing a guy in handcuffs!?  Flores and another unidentified officer were struggling to take the handcuffed Saenz from the El Paso County Jail to a hospital for treatment after repeatedly banging his head against a doorway inside the jail. It ended with Flores pulling out his gun and firing a single police shootingshot – killing Saenz.

Saenz died later at a local hospital.

The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas struggled to justify the shooting, only saying that officers had used their tasers on Saenz with little or no effect, as if that somehow justified Flores opting for his firearm.

A grand jury declined to indict Flores in the shootings because of “the totality of the circumstances, which include the long sequence of events that came before the shooting itself.”

More piss poor justification for the shooting was also released – the deceased criminal history, having been previously arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, family violence and assault of the elderly.

If they keep this up I will have to create a special category for police murders.  Sheesh.  Despicable.