Federal prosecutors say they will review an incident in which a Seattle police officer punched and seriously injured a handcuffed, intoxicated woman, after King County prosecutors said they won't charge the officer, reports the Seattle Times. U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes will look at the June 22 incident involving Officer Adley Shepherd for a possible federal criminal civil-rights violation. The decision comes after King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced that his office would not seek a state felony charge against Shepherd, 38, a nine-year department veteran, for punching Miyekko Durden-Bosley in the back of his police cruiser.
Durden-Bosley, 23, swore at Shepherd and kicked at him while being shoved into the back of a police cruiser, according to the investigation. Shepherd reacted by punching her once in the face, fracturing the orbit of her right eye. City Attorney Pete Holmes disagreed with Satterberg, saying the case “undoubtedly met the felony standard.” Just on federal criminal civil-rights case has been filed against a law enforcement officer in recent history in the Western District of Washington — a 2008 charge against a former King County deputy for kicking and beating a handcuffed woman. A jury acquitted the deputy at trial.