Stine: Plenty of blame to go around for SPD officer who punched handcuffed suspect

Jan 13, 2022, 12:28 PM
SPD Officer Adley Shepherd...
Adley Shepherd talks with Jason Rantz on KTTH. (Jason Rantz)
(Jason Rantz)

Taken from Wednesday’s edition of KIRO Nights

I have two thoughts on the officer who was fired from the Seattle Police Department and is now suing the city over his termination.

Fired SPD officer who punched handcuffed suspect to sue city over termination

His name is Adley Shepherd and, if you remember, in 2014, dash camera footage showed him punching Miyekko Durden-Bosley in the back of his police vehicle after she had kicked him while she was being forced into the car.

He was terminated by then-Chief Kathleen O’Toole for violating SPD’s use of force policy. Then he had a three-member disciplinary review board overturn his firing, and instead they gave him a 15-day suspension. Then a King County Superior Court Judge and the Washington State Court of Appeals ruled in 2019 and in 2021, respectively, to vacate the DRB’s decision and uphold Shepherd’s termination.

I don’t like bad cops. I don’t like cops that are reactive. I really despise it. And if you’re a cop, and if some lady kicks you, and then she is in the back of the car, and she has been subdued, and you punch that lady, I’m not sure that you are fit to be an officer and wear the badge.

Now, I could get Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan on and we can chat about this, because I think that he might have a different perspective on it. And I’m open to have my mind changed on this. This is why I’m of two minds about this.

But Shepherd is suing on different grounds, and this is where it gets really interesting. He is suing on the grounds that he was improperly trained by SPD due to political motivation, and that he was subjected to disparate treatment based on his race because he is a Black man.

Basically, he’s saying that he was improperly trained by SPD because SPD is racist. This is a pretty lefty argument, right? It’s a pretty lefty type deal here, where he is saying that if police are systemically racist, they improperly trained him, which resulted in him thinking it was OK to cold-clock a lady in the back of a cop car.

This is my other thought about this, is that if you’re a cop, part of your job is to realize when someone is a danger to themselves, a danger to others, and a danger to your fellow police officers. This is what went wrong in cases like Eric Garner, the man who was literally strangled to death and had a heart attack in New York for selling loose cigarettes. This is exactly what happened to Freddie Gray, who was beaten so bad that they separated the vertebrae in his neck and then put him in the back of a cop car. This is exactly what happened to George Floyd.

I’m not talking from some hoity toity liberal, crying Democrat perspective. I’m simply talking from someone who has two eyes and two brain cells to rub together, that when cops get reactive, they are bad cops. They are supposed to be the kind of person who says, “let’s not strangle that dude, let’s not beat that guy, and let’s not have our enough weight on this man’s windpipe to strangle him to death.”

King County detective terminated after investigation into 2019 shooting

Now, if you want to debate George Floyd, I’m not interested in doing that. You can email us on the show — we can have that debate later. My point is reactive cops are bad cops. But at the same time, what if Shepherd was actually improperly trained by SPD? Does he not have a case by saying, “You guys trained me improperly, I was told that this was totally appropriate, and now you’re telling me that it’s not appropriate?” Is he not entitled to some kind of financial restitution if he was indeed trained improperly by SPD?

Rookies go out with the old graybeards for like a year to learn the ropes. They partner up with somebody else before they go out on their own. I would imagine that the argument that he’s trying to make is that whoever his supervisor was gave him bad direction.

And if that’s the case, and he legitimately thought that he could cold-clock a woman who kicked him, on, he is a fool. But, two, I’m sympathetic to that. Like if somebody told me, “Hey, Jack, by the way, you can swear all you want on terrestrial radio,” and then I go and drop crazy F-bombs and get fired, is that not on my supervisor who told me that I could do that? That’s the argument that I will pose to everybody out there.

Listen to KIRO Nights weeknights from 7 – 10 p.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

KIRO Nights on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to kiro nightsTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 7 pm for KIRO Nights with Jack Stine.

KIRO Nights

KIRO Nights

Jack Stine

Stine: You want a union? Start your own business

As a Seattle Starbucks votes to unionize, Jack Stine offers his thoughts on why union protections for non-skilled labor limit workers' potential.
2 months ago
report card, crosswalks...
KIRO Nights

Will ‘report card’ signs stop Seattle drivers from going through crosswalks?

KIRO Nights host Jack Stine and traffic reporter Chris Sullivan discuss the merits of the "driver report card" signs Seattle is planning to install.
2 months ago
retail theft...
Jack Stine

Stine: With Seattle’s retail theft on the rise, city erects barrier from blame with shoplifting audit

The Seattle City Council announced this week that they are commissioning the City Auditor to identify solutions to the city's retail theft problem.
3 months ago
KIRO Nights

KIRO Nights: Is it time for masks to go, or do we keep this ‘simple intervention?’

KIRO Nights host Jack Stine asked frequent guest Dr. William Zinnanti, MD, Ph.D., for his thoughts on whether it's time to stop requiring masks.
3 months ago
catalytic converter...
KIRO Nights

KIRO Nights: Will engraving your catalytic converter prevent it from being stolen?

Some Washington drivers waited hours to get their catalytic converter engraved, but will this actually help stop or reduce these thefts?
4 months ago
KIRO Nights

Jack Stine shares his formula to make Gov. Inslee the next president

KIRO Nights host Jack Stine says Gov. Jay Inslee should make himself the "bad boy of liberal politics" if he wants to be the next president.
4 months ago

Sponsored Articles


Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, initiative provides […]

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
Stine: Plenty of blame to go around for SPD officer who punched handcuffed suspect