A Seattle cop who broke a handcuffed woman's eye socket when he punched her in the face "acted professionally," local prosecutors say.
The incident occurred on June 24 when Officer Adley Shepherd arrested 23-year-old Miyekko Durden-Bosley during a domestic violence call. Durden-Bosley was reportedly intoxicated and "verbally abusive" outside her boyfriend's apartment, prompting his mother to call the police. When Shepherd attempted to place her in the patrol car, Durden-Bosley—who was drunk, unarmed, and handcuffed—kicked him in the face. In response, Shepherd punched her in the face, fracturing her right eye socket.
Last week King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced his office would not be seeking charges against Shepherd, saying the officer had "acted professionally and with restraint up to the point where he was kicked in the head by the suspect as she was being placed in the patrol car." He also explained why he felt Shepherd's conduct didn't amount to excessive force.
"Officer Shepherd reacted instantaneously to the kick by the suspect, who was wearing boots, with one punch to the suspect's head which caused a fracture of an orbital socket...While officer Shepherd may have had other options or alternatives, we have concluded that we would be unable to prove that officer Shepherd's use of force was criminal."
Shepherd has been on paid administrative leave since June.
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