Police Brutality: Cop Paid For Punching Woman

Seattle Police Officer, Adley Shepherd enjoyed two long years of paid vacation after he was involved in a police brutality case.

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,” The Free Thought Project stated. Oregon’s KATU 4 reported Wednesday the Seattle Police Department has fired Officer Adley Shepherd over his involvement in an incident of police brutality which took place in 2014. He’s been on paid vacation ever since.
On June 22nd, 2014, 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.

Is there another profession on earth where a worker can violently strike a customer and receive compensation for it? We don’t think so. After all, police officers are supposed to protect and to serve, right? So how is it this officer, who may never have done something like that before, could be rewarded for doing so?
And why did it take so long for him to be fired? Imagine if a convenience store clerk hit a customer or a cashier at Walmart struck a shopper. Would they get a paid vacation from their place of employment? Outrageous and inexcusable! Certainly, if the officer were found not guilty of abusing his badge, he should be reinstated, but Officer Shepherd appears to have lost his cool, and waylayed a woman who dared to kick him as he was attempting to place her in his squad car. The video is clear to see. So why did the investigation take so long and why did the department delay in finding him culpable?

It may be because police officers are not held to the same standards members of the general public are held to. In other words, they can get away with a lot of junk the rest of us quickly go to jail for, and they have possibly been getting away with it for years. But with the deployment of cameras strategically placed in squad cars, and now with body cameras, America is starting to see what goes on behind the scenes, and it’s disturbing at times, to say the least.

SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department has decided to fire an officer who punched a handcuffed woman in 2014, KATU 2 reported.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole confirmed the firing to KOMO News’ Jennifer Sullivan.

Officer Adley Shepherd had been on paid leave for 29 months.

After learning of Chief O’Toole’s decision. the Seattle Police Guild spoke out about Adley’s termination.

This was met all the way up through the federal level and each level they said this was fine,” said Officer Kevin Stuckey, Seattle Police Guild president. “Unfortunately, we’re disappointed today that once it got to the administrative side that they chose to terminate officer Shepherd.”

SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department has decided to fire an officer who punched a handcuffed woman in 2014.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole confirmed the firing to KOMO News’ Jennifer Sullivan.

Officer Adley Shepherd had been on paid leave for 29 months after involving in a police brutality incident.

After learning of Chief O’Toole’s decision. the Seattle Police Guild spoke out about Adley’s termination.

O’Toole later issued this statement:

Today, I signed an order terminating the employment of a Seattle Police officer, Adley Shepherd based on his conduct during an incident involving a handcuffed subject on June 22, 2014.”

The Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) concluded, and I concur, that the employee’s conduct was in stark contrast to the expectations set forth for our officers, and particularly our heightened duty of care to those in our custody. Over the last two years, this matter has been separately investigated by the Washington State Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and OPA.”


The employee was given opportunities to present his case at Loudermill hearings on two occasions.” Also, in response to the employee’s EEO complaint, an independent investigation was conducted and recently completed.

The decision to end one’s employment is not easy and it is one I take very seriously. After much deliberation, based on the substantial evidence presented to me during this very comprehensive process, I believe this is the right decision for the Seattle Police Department and the community we serve.”

In the 22 years I’ve been a police officer I’ve never seen anybody put through this kind of scrutiny,” said Officer Stuckey. “We now have an officer being terminated for using force he was trained to do.”

Shepherd’s punch left Miyekko Durden-Bosley, then 23, bruised and suffering from a concussion.

In June, she settled federal claims against the city and Shepherd.

Durden-Bosley and her attorneys were to be paid $195,000 in exchange for dropping a lawsuit brought by Durden-Bosley in 2015.

According to a Washington State Patrol investigation into the incident, Shepherd and other Seattle police officers were called to a Seward Park neighborhood home at 2 a.m. on June 22, 2014. A woman there reported an argument between her son and Durden-Bosley.

Durden-Bosley was stopped by police walking near that home. According to the state patrol, Shepherd arrested her as she protested loudly that she hadn’t threatened anyone.

My patience is done,” the officer said at one point. “Somebody is going to jail.”

Handcuffed and taken to the patrol car, Durden-Bosley told the officer, “I swear I am going to sue you guys.

Just as the practice is, taxpayers’ money is used to reward police officers who assault citizens. The police authorities themselves are condoners of the rampant  police brutality we observe in our country today. The officers won’t be motivated to act responsibly if they can get a paid vacation for doing exactly the opposite. The Black community isn’t ready to tolerate such treatment. We don’t want to pay for seeing out brothers and sisters hurt and killed!

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