*An officer is said to have responded to a domestic violence call at a Seattle residence. A woman was handcuffed and arrested after her involvement in the dispute and placed in the backseat of the patrol car. The arresting officer claims the woman kicked him and he punched her in the face.
According to a King County prosecutor, the officer will face no criminal charges.
That same prosecutor does state that the officer’s actions may not be in keeping with the policies of the Seattle Police Department.
But so what? It seems punching in the face is allowed.
Officer Adley Shepard responded to a call of domestic violence on June 22nd where he saw Miyekko Durden-Bosley involved in a dispute. The woman was arrested, but when she allegedly kicked the officer (from the back seat of the patrol car) he responded by punching her in the face – leaving her with a broken eye socket.
The incident was caught on police video (watch below).
Shepard’s attorney, Eric Makus, says the officer did exactly what he needed to do to arrest a “combative, resistant, and violent” suspect. “She assaulted a police officer. And he used appropriate lawful force to subdue the situation,” Makus said.
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According to an investigation by the Washington State Patrol although Shepard’s actions were not consistent with their training and policy, there wasn’t enough evidence to prove his punch was unreasonable.
While Shepard’s attorney says the officer is “pleased to be exonerated,” Bosley’s attorney says they are “exploring alternative avenues to attempt to secure justice for what they call a brutal assault.”
Shepard is expected to resume his full duties as a Seattle police officer.