Review Panel Suggests Cop Was Fired Over Politics, Orders Reinstatement

Seattle Police Officer Adley Shepherd was fired by the police chief for his use of force on a suspect in custody.

Seattle, WA – A Seattle police officer who was fired in 2016 for a 2014 incident will be reinstated to the police department with full back pay based on the findings of a review panel (video below).

Seattle Police Officer Adley Shepherd was one of three Seattle officers who responded to 911 call about a domestic disturbance on June 22, 2014, KCPQ reported.

As officers talked to the man and woman involved and tried to sort things out, 23-year-old Miyekko Durden-Bosley argued with officers until they put her in handcuffs.

Durden-Bosley struggled with the officers.

When Officer Shepherd tried to put her in the back seat of his patrol unit, she kicked him in the face.

The officer responded by punching Durden-Bosley in the head. She suffered a broken eye socket and concussion as a result of the altercation.

In December of 2014, the King County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Shepherd acted professionally and with restraint toward Durden-Bosley until she kicked him in the head, according to KCPQ.

But despite that finding, when former Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole took the helm of the police department in 2016, one of the first things she did was fire Officer Shepherd for his conduct in the 2014 incident, according to KCPQ.

“The decision to end one’s employment is not easy, and it is one I take very seriously,” Chief O’Toole said when she terminated Officer Shepherd. “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.”

The city then settled a lawsuit brought by Durden-Bosley against them and Officer Shepherd for $195,000, according to KCPQ.

The review panel that later investigated the case, and which included a civilian, said they thought Chief O’Toole’s firing of Officer Shepherd had been too harsh.

“The civilian arbitrator found that the termination was too severe of discipline and ordered that the termination be dismissed,” The Seattle Police Officers Guild said in a statement, according to KCPQ.

The panel also questioned whether Officer Shepherd’s punishment might have been politically motivated.

The review panel found that instead of firing the officer, a 15-day suspension would have been more appropriate, KCPQ reported.

The panel also said that Officer Shepherd should be reinstated to the Seattle Police Department and given full back pay.

You can see the officers' altercation with Durden-Bosley at 2:46 in the video below:

Comments (13)
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angeleyes
angeleyes

i did not make a threat.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Sounds to me as though this officers firing was indeed politically motivated too. A new chief comes in and the first thing she does is fire the officer

DSmith2018
DSmith2018

And he gets fired and the abuser gets over a 100 grand! It’s tough being an officer. Too bad his fist landed on her eye instead of her yapping mouth

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Stop holding court in the streets!! Stop resisting and tell it to the judge. Stupid ass people!!

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

Boy does she lie. Her story changes constantly. I'm thanking God he got his job back. It seems that people are being given the license to fight and disobey cops by the politicians. This will lead to total anarchy in the streets and it will be soon if they don't get a grip on this. I'm not defending bad cops, but he is not a bad cop. There are many more bad actors on the streets than bad cops.

Sandman4x4
Sandman4x4

Wow I feel that Police Officer handled that situation very professionally! That bitch KICKED HIM!! That’s Felony Assault on a Police Office! She luckily did not connect him in his throat! Or break his nose! While all he did was instinctively hit back, while off balance and recovering his balance! Then she gets all that money! ? As soon as she kicked him that’s when she looses all of whatever respect she had coming!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Come on Chief, back your men and women and stop bending over for the public. You’re happy to make Chief, we get that, but you as the Chief are the very one to protect them from the outrageous ridiculous public whining because “they saw something on t.v.” so they Think they know our job. YOU the Chief, of all people, “SHOULD” know what it’s like to be a street cop, the daily grind of what they go through. But, because you’re a female, you’ve probably not ever been kicked in the face or anywhere, luckily have had various desk jobs throughout your career, and of course want to get your Chief term extended or re-elected as such, so of course your officers will come last to you, because that’s how you’ve moved up that far, at the sacrifice of other officers!!!! What was I thinking!! The criminals should know that you’ve got to pay to play. Don’t think you’re going to get a free shot at officers and walk away feeling great. This Chief is sad.

Mic911
Mic911

Let me get this straight, altercation occured in 2014, officer is fired in 2016 by a new "no balls" Chief..WTH? Welcome back to the force Officer Shepherd! And now we know why the Chief has former in front of her title. Back your officers and leave the politics out of it, otherwise get the hell out of the office..

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Somebody should kick that chief in the head.