The federal government is stepping in after King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said his office would not press charges against a police officer who punched and injured a suspect in July.
The incident occurred as police officer Adley Shepherd attempted to subdue Miyekko Durden-Bosley, who was reported to be intoxicated and abusive toward the officer. After Durden-Bosley kicked at Shephard he punched her in her right eye, fracturing an eye bone.
Though the city attorney thought the case “undoubtedly met the felony standard,” Satterberg said Friday that his office would not pursue charges.
“Officer Shepherd reacted instantaneously to the kick by the suspect, who was wearing boots, with one punch to the suspect’s head which caused a fracture of an orbital socket,” the prosecutor’s office said. “While officer Shepherd may have had other options or alternatives, we have concluded that we would be unable to prove that officer Shepherd’s use of force was criminal”
The U.S. Attorney’s office will now pursue a civil rights investigation. However civil rights charges must meet a higher standard to warrant charges. Shephard could still face departmental discipline, up to being fired.
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