On June 22 of this year Officer, Adley Shepherd of the Seattle Police Department responded to a call for a domestic dispute involving a very drunk 23 year-old Miyekko Durden-Bosley. After Shepherd placed her under arrest and handcuffed her, Durden-Bosley continued to argue and struggle with Shepherd as he placed her in the back of his car. Durden-Bosley kicked Shepherd as he attempted to wrestle her into the back seat and he leaned over her into the car punching her in the eye and breaking the orbit of her right eye.
City Attorney Pete Holmes reviewed the case and felt that it “undoubtedly met the felony standard” and referred it to the King County prosecutor since the city lacked the authority to prosecute a felony charge. On Friday, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced that his office would not prosecute Shepherd saying that he had “acted professionally and with restraint up to the point where he was kicked in the head by the suspect as she was being placed in the patrol car.”
Robert Bragg Jr., director of training for police academy of the Washington State Patrol reviewed the video and concluded that Shepherd acted inappropriately resulting in unnecessary serious injuries to Durden-Bosley.
Durden-Bosley after being punched by Officer Shepherd.
Shepherd refused to give a statement to the WSP investigators. His attorney, Eric Makus said this was because WSP would not allow him to view the in-car video before making a statement.
Shepherd, who has been on administrative leave, still faces an internal investigation by the police department and acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said that her office is looking into possible federal criminal charges for civil rights violations as well.
Watch the video of the incident from dash cameras in police cars below.