SEATTLE — A Superior Court judge ruled that a Seattle officer who lost his job after punching a handcuffed woman in the face and fracturing her skull while she was in the back of a patrol car will not be reinstated, according to a news release Friday from Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes.
This decision comes after an arbitrator ruled to reinstate Officer Adley Shepherd.
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, with the support of the Seattle mayor, made the determination last year to not reinstate Shepherd.
According to a release, the ruling upholds the original termination decision from 2016. The incident happened in 2014.
Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes issued the following statement:
“We knew the arbitrator’s decision to reinstate officer Shepherd was wrong from the outset, and Chief Carmen Best was right to not reinstate the officer immediately.
“We understood that Judge Robart had deep concerns about this case. We shared those concerns about how this incident deeply impacted public confidence, which is why we pursued the appeal.
"Judge McHale rightly recognized the arbitrator's order for Mr. Shepherd's reinstatement violated the public policy against excessive use of force in policing. SPD should not be forced to employ an officer whose view of reasonable and necessary force is so immutable and so contrary to SPD's policies and values. We strongly agree with the Judge when he noted that SPD's policy prohibiting excessive force was 'explicit, dominant, and well defined.' This was the right decision.
"We also want to acknowledge the work of Assistant City Attorney Sarah Tilstra who argued this case."
Click here to read the judge's order.
The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild issued a statement regarding judge's ruling:
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