King County Defends Decision Not To Prosecute Officer Who Punched Woman During Arrest | KUOW News and Information

King County Defends Decision Not To Prosecute Officer Who Punched Woman During Arrest

Dec 10, 2014

Ross Reynolds speaks with King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg about why he decided not to bring felony charges against Seattle Police Officer Adley Shepherd.

Shepherd punched Miyekko Durden-Bosley, 23, in the face after she resisted arrest during a domestic violence call. Durden-Bosely sustained multiple fractures to her orbital socket.

Seattle King County NAACP President Gerald Hankerson called Officer Shepherd's punch to the face "retaliatory," while Satterberg defended it as a tactic.

"People can disagree after they see [the video]," Satterberg said on KUOW's The Record, "but retaliatory is not the word I would use. He's trying to overcome resistance to the arrest. He's making a lawful arrest, he gets kicked in the head, and she continues to struggle and he punches her." 

Satterberg went on to say that "the question isn't whether the punch was the best thing he could have done --  that's not part of my review -- but he is allowed to use force when he's wrestling with somebody who is attacking him."

WATCH: Video of arrest, please be aware that it contains strong language and violence.