Seattle police officer Adley Shepherd will not face any criminal charges for punching Miyekko Durden-Bosley and breaking the orbital bone of her eye while she was handcuffed, according to CBS 46.
The incident began with a domestic violence call, when Durden-Bosley was reportedly intoxicated and behaving erratically outside of an unidentified Seattle man’s home. His mother called police. When Shepherd, 38, arrived on the scene, Durden-Bosley was reportedly being belligerent and spewing profanity at the officer. The nine-year police veteran then shoved the 23-year-old woman in the back of his police cruiser, and she kicked at him. Shepherd reacted by socking the young woman in the eye.
Shepherd suffered no visible injuries according to court documents. Durden-Bosley, however, had a visibly inflamed black eye and the whites of her eyes were extremely bloodied. The punch fractured the orbital of her right eye.
The entire violent incident was caught on an in-car video.
Since the incident, both parties have sought legal counsel and Shepherd was placed on paid administrative leave.
The Washington State Patrol investigated the situation and declared that the officer’s actions fell in line with training and policy because Durden-Bosley struck him. The King County prosecutor reviewed the evidence and determined there was not enough to prove the punch was unreasonable.
Shepard will be allowed to resume his full duties as an officer of the law, paid to protect the public, once an internal investigation has reached a conclusion with regards to their pro-police findings.