Seattle, WA – You’ve heard the old adage, “Justice is swift,” but when it comes to justice in cases where police are the perpetrators, often times, it’s “justice delayed.” Oregon’s KATU 4 reported Wednesday the Seattle Police Department has fired Officer Adley Shepherd over his involvement in an incident which took place in 2014. He’s been on paid vacation ever since.
Officer Shepherd responded to a domestic disturbance involving Miyekko Durden-Bosley, then 23, and another man. The decision was made by Shepherd to arrest Durden-Bosley, whom he placed in handcuffs, and walked to his cruiser. As Shepherd was attempting to seat Durden-Bosley into the back of his patrol car, she resisted arrest, and kicked the officer. Shepherd exclaimed, “You kicked me!” then, in what appeared to be a full-force right hook blow, the officer punched the defenseless woman in the face.
Durden-Bosley and her lawyers sued the police department for the officer’s violent actions against a handcuffed subject while in police custody. Three separate investigations took place into the incident, and all the while, Shepherd was placed on paid leave from his duties on the force.
Police abuses are nothing new. The Free Thought Project is committed to bringing awareness to these stories. But what seems to be outrageous to some was the length of time Officer Shepherd was allowed to remain on paid leave, a full 24 months! From the outside looking in, it seems to be an egregious waste of taxpayer funds. All of which leaves us scratching our heads and asking questions.