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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Smoke ’em if you got ’em – Legal Weed for sale in Washington

Today Washington became the second state in the US to begin sales of marijuana for recreational use.  Granted, it began with a sputtering start – only a few licensed places around the state began sales today, with limited supplies.  In addition, licensed growers have not had time to bring in a full crop of product that is “certified” for sale in the state.

Ironically, many news reporters today that interviewed those purchasing the marijuana said the reason they were there was to acquire pot leaf WAmarijuana for purchase.  Many noted that they could already do that – just today they could do it legally.  Another irony of our drug prohibition is that making something prohibited has little to no effect on whether or not it is available for purchase on the black market.  All it does is make criminals out of people for their personal decisions.

This is movement in the right direction.  Regulating peoples personal habits has seen dismal results in the United States.  Take the case study of prohibition.  During prohibition use of alcohol increased.

Possessing marijuana and consuming it at home has been completely legal in Washington for almost two years, since voters passed Initiative 502 in 2012, and local law enforcement agencies had mostly backed off even before that. It has not, however, been legal to sell it for recreational purposes until now.

For now, the illegal market still has most of the benefits, non-licensed marijuana is cheaper and more convenient, and with its high state taxes, 25 percent on every purchase.  But this is just the beginning.  Once the market has stabilized it will become cheaper, just as in Colorado.

So far, the Washington State Liquor Control Board, which regulates recreational marijuana, has said that 24 of the 334 licensed dispenseries have opened so far.

Voters in Colorado approved marijuana legalization at the same time that Washington did in 2012, but then went down a much different regulatory path that moved much faster, with stores open since January.

Colorado also created the first recreational marijuana shops from the medical marijuana dispensaries that were already in business, so many of the first wave of operators were already in the marijuana trade. Washington, by contrast, started from scratch, throwing open the application process and giving medical marijuana dispensary operators no edge in the competition for licenses.

Hopefully this will be the catalyst for a greater movement nationwide.  But tokers be patient, this will likely be a long road.  It will also very likely be a state by state battle unless the Supreme Court takes up the issue.  With the social conservative legislatures in many states, and the social conservative dominance on the Supreme Court, this is likely just to be the starting point that we can look back on way down the road as a day that Americans began the process of getting back the personal freedom to do with their own body and mind as they see fit, so long as they do not hurt someone else.

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