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November 20, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Charging decision near for SPD cop who punched handcuffed woman

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Miyekko Durden-Bosley

After more than five weeks of review, the King County Prosecutor’s Office says it is nearing a decision whether to file a felony assault charge against a Seattle police officer who punched a handcuffed woman and fractured her face during a domestic-violence call.

As part of the review, prosecutors recently provided the case file on Officer Adley Shepherd to the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, which has the authority to bring a misdemeanor charge against the officer, according to officials.

But the move doesn’t signal that King County prosecutors have decided not to bring a felony charge, Mark Larson, chief criminal deputy in the prosecutor’s office, said Thursday.

Discussions are taking place between the two offices and a decision from county prosecutors is expected next week, officials said.

Patrol-car video captured Shepherd, 38, punching Miyekko Durden-Bosley, 23, on June 22, after she cursed at him and kicked a leg toward him while in the back of a patrol car, according to court documents. The video has not been made public.

At issue for prosecutors is the severity of the woman’s injuries, the officer’s training and self-defense considerations.

The Washington State Patrol, which investigated the incident at the request of Seattle police, submitted its report to King County prosecutors Oct. 14 without a recommendation on what, if any, charges should be filed..

The report included a training expert’s opinion that Shepherd inflicted “unnecessary” injury when he punched Durden-Bosley.

 

Comments | Topics: City Attorney's Office, King County Prosecutor's Office, police brutality

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