What kind of message are the prosecutors in the United States sending people by not indicting cops who use brutal force against unarmed suspects?
After Darren Wilson in Missouri and Daniel Pantaleo in New York were not charged for killing defenseless suspects – Mike Brown and Eric Garner – another policeman, this time in Seattle, will not face criminal charges for severely injuring the eye-socket of a handcuffed woman.
Despite video evidence, (posted above) that shows Officer Adley Shepherd delivering a knock-out punch to Miyekko Durden-Bosley, 23, King County prosecutors refused to say the cop's use of force was criminal.
They say Shepherd, who was arresting Durden-Bosley after responding to a domestic abuse call, acted "professionally and with restraint" until he was kicked in the head by the woman – who was then inebriated.
"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,” King County prosecutors said in a statement. "Evidence reviewed in the case shows that Officer Shepherd acted professionally and with restraint up to the point where he was kicked in the head by the suspect as she was being placed into the patrol car."
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In fact, Seattle Police Officers' Guild President Det. Ron Smith believes the resulting bone-breaking punch of handcuffed woman was reasonable use of force and would not have occurred had she not resisted arrest.
"It is our opinion that had the suspect heeded the officers’ commands, the resulting incident in question would not have occurred," Smith said, completely ignoring the fact that there could’ve been a less brutal way of dealing with the suspect who was clearly under the influence.
While Shepherd has been placed on administrative leave for now, Smith added the police officer is expected to resume his duties soon.
"The Seattle Police Officers Guild hopes that Officer Shepherd will be returned to full duty as soon as possible, and that SPD will review its Force Investigation Team procedures to review whether the system is working in the best interest of all involved," Smith stated in a statement released to the media.