A Seattle police officer caused “unnecessary and forseeable injury” when he punched a handcuffed woman during a June incident, according a police training expert’s opinion submitted to prosecutors.
The opinion about the conduct of Officer Adley Shepherd was reached by Robert Bragg Jr. of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, the Washington State Patrol said in an investigative report handed Tuesday to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
The State Patrol, which was asked by Seattle police to investigate an accusation by the woman, Miyekko Durden-Bosley, that Shepherd used excessive force, made no recommendation on what, if any, charges should be filed.
Prosecutors will now review the report.
The incident was captured on patrol-car video that has not been made public.
Shepherd, 38, was relieved of duty and placed on paid leave in June after the patrol-car video raised questions over his use of force on the woman he had arrested during a domestic-violence call in South Seattle.
According to court records, video from a rear-facing camera shows Durden-Bosley, who appeared intoxicated, repeatedly objecting to the arrest and 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 saying “(expletive) you bitch,” and “kicks out” at Shepherd, according to the court documents.
The video does not clearly show whether the kick struck Shepherd, although he can be heard saying, “She kicked me,” according to the documents.
Shepherd responded by punching Durden-Bosley once with his right fist, causing fractures in the area of Durden-Bosley’s right eye, the documents say.
Shepherd and Durden-Bosley were both treated at Harborview Medical Center.