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December 11, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Police use of force: A disparity of justice

I am a former prosecutor from Florida. The photograph of Miyekko Durden-Bosley, pictured on the front page of The Seattle Times is a frightening image [“NAACP blasts decision not to prosecute officer who punched woman during arrest,” Local News, Dec. 9].

I can not imagine that we as a society can condone punching a woman, any woman, in the face, especially by those we trust to protect us: police officers. It is equally firghtening that the King County prosecutors did not consider a punch in the head to a woman that was handcuffed as a unnecessary use of force. Did anyone see the picture of the woman’s eye, which was fractured from the kick?

What is even more frightening is the disparity in justice concerning the incident. The officer, who clearly inflicted physical harm to the woman receives a paid administrative leave and is not charged. And Durden-Bosley? Even though the officer had no visible injury and the kick was not recorded on the in-car video, she spent four days in jail while they investigated the assault on the officer. The charges were then dismissed.

Well, we shouldnt be surpised, I suppose, because it has already been determined that shooting a young unarmed black male who raises his hands in surrender and choking a black man until he dies for selling illegal cigarettes don’t rise to that level either.

Laura J. Rodgers, Newcastle

Comments | More in police | Topics: King County, Laura J. Rodgers, Miyekko Durden-Bosley

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