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.