Seattle Times: Seattle cop who punched handcuffed woman won’t face federal prosecution

The Seattle Times reported that Federal prosecutors say they will not charge a Seattle police officer who punched a handcuffed, intoxicated woman during an arrest in June 2014.

In a letter to Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes wrote that her office will not seek an indictment against Officer Adley Shepherd, who has been on paid leave since the June 22, 2014, incident.

The decision opens the door for the department’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) and its newly formed Force Investigation Team to review the incident to determine whether Shepherd should be disciplined.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg last year determined his office would not seek state felony charges against Shepherd, 39, a 10-year department veteran, for punching Miyekko Durden-Bosley while she was in the back of his police cruiser.

The Huffington Post and Gwaker also elaborated on what occurred here.


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