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The Today File

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September 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Documents confirm SPD officer punched handcuffed woman

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Miyekko Durden-Bosley, photographed in June. (Seattle Times file photo)

The Washington State Patrol served a search warrant last month for records related to possible injuries suffered by a Seattle police officer who is under criminal investigation over  punching a handcuffed woman, according to newly filed court documents.

The officer, Adley E. Shepherd, was relieved of duty in June after patrol-car video raised questions over his use of force on a woman he had arrested during a domestic-violence call in South Seattle.

According to the court records, rear-facing patrol-car video of the June 22 incident shows that the woman, Miyekko Durden-Bosley, repeatedly objected to the arrest, complaining she had not made any threats.

After being placed in the back of the patrol car, Durden-Bosley can be heard on the video directing an expletive at Shepherd and calling him a “bitch,” the court documents say. She then “kicks out” at Shepherd, according to the documents.

The video does not clearly show whether the kick struck Shepherd, although he said, “She kicked me,” according to the records.

Shepherd responded by punching Durden-Bosley once with his right fist, causing fractures in the area of Durden-Bosley’s right eye, according to the records.

Shepherd and Durden-Bosley were both treated at Harborview Medical Center.

The search warrant was served Aug. 22 on Harborview Medical Center for medical records related to Shepherd’s treatment, as well as on the Seattle Police Department for forms submitted to the state Department of Labor & Industries regarding injuries sustained by Shepherd.

The State Patrol opened the investigation in June at the request of the Seattle Police Department.

In approving the search warrant, King County Superior Court Judge Sean O’Donnell found, based on a State Patrol affidavit, there was probable cause to believe Shepherd had committed felony second-degree assault.

But Shepherd has not been charged with a crime and the investigation is continuing.

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