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Posted at 8:15 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Ex-D.C. officer jailed for excessive force

By Mary Pat Flaherty

Kisha Coley, a 2-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department, is spending the weekend in jail after being sentenced Friday for using excessive force during a March arrest.

Coley, 36, will spend this weekend and next in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of assault after hitting a man with her baton during an early morning arrest in which she ordered the man to move away from the entry to a laundromat in the 3500 block of Georgia Avenue NW. The man moved on but came back to argue with Coley and threatened to report her to a supervisor, according to documents filed with her plea.

The officer hit the man on the head and later, on his hands, after a second officer had the suspect detained against the back of a police cruiser, court records show.

Coley hit the other officer in the back of the knee and mouthed "sorry" to him before hitting the suspect's hands, according to her plea. Both the suspect and second officer were treated for injuries.

Cole resigned from the police department as part of her plea, in which she also was sentenced to 180 days in jail with all but six days suspended.

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | December 10, 2010; 8:15 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Mary Pat Flaherty, The District  
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Comments

I'm in favor of strong action against criminals, but does anyone think "...all but six days suspended..." is enough of a deterrent to war other cops about screwing with (apparent) drunks or other nonviolent civil issues??? The episode above describes this woman as a probably "control freak." They are the wrong kinds of people to become police officers who SERVE the public.

Posted by: dcjazzman | December 11, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

How can you solve like these horrible crimes? Get a degree in Criminal Justice from "United Forensic College" search online.

Posted by: gomezstega | December 11, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

How can you solve like these horrible crimes? Get a degree in Criminal Justice from "United Forensic College" search online.

Posted by: gomezstega | December 11, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse
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These pervasive idiotic posts of yours are a good demonstration of where not to attend.

Posted by: PA_Rebel | December 11, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Mouthed 'sorry'? Was she being facetious or what? Don't get that part...

Posted by: kahlua87 | December 11, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I am sure the gentlemen she was arresting was another outstanding citizen with a cleam record.

Posted by: Pilot1 | December 11, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

This just establishes through case law something we all already know. The police are above the law. Now we have legal precedent. There is no reason to be outraged by this. It is just business as usual among the scum we employ to uphold our laws. The article's author was clearly not phased enough by this outrage to mention the name of the piece of garbage judge who handed down this sentence. I, for one, would like to know who this (clearly biased) jurist is.

We need to fight back. It is my intention to begin filing misconduct complaints against any pig cop whom I observe committing the slightest infraction, like changing lanes without signaling.

We also need to demand of our elected legislators tougher laws for official misconduct. How about this: public employment in law enforcement will be regarded as an aggravating factor for the purposes of sentencing and makes the maximum penalty provided for by law mandatory. This idea sounds fair to me.

I would think that the few decent cops out there would welcome such an initiative.

Posted by: 10Percenter | December 11, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Another stellar officer undoubtedly hired under the "Barry" years.

Posted by: billh4 | December 11, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

How's that Affirmative Action working out for you?

Posted by: BaloneyGuy | December 11, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

billh4 and the aptly named baloneyguy are obviously of the same ilk as is typical of the candidate pool from which our pig departments must do there hiring.

billh4, obviously reading comprehension is not your strong point. The article clearly states that Pig Coley was a two-year veteran of the Metropolitan Pig Department. There is a lot wrong with this city and its workers and much of it is attributable to the hero of Ward 8, Barry, but not this thug pig.

And baloneyguy, how is that racism working out for you?

Oh, and Pilot1, is it your contention that, because the victim of this pig's brutality may or may not have been a gentleman and an outstanding citizen with a clean record, he may actually have been deserving of getting his head bashed and fingers bludgeoned? Before you go there, you might take a moment to consider that we are all victims whenever a pig on our payroll decides it is above the law. And this includes all the other piggies in the barnyard.

Posted by: 10Percenter | December 11, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

This lady deserves jail time. She's an idiot. But how did this discussion evolve into an affirmative action debate? If you think only those officers at the benefit of affirmative action are the only crooked cops, you are wrong and very naive.

Posted by: brandip_77 | December 11, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

10percenter:

You are an Attitude Hostile.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | December 11, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Ok she was not cut out to be a cop. I hope the SOB who incited this learned a lesson from his wood shampoo.

Posted by: Eric20 | December 11, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

IF I were to beat down a cop; could I get away with only a few weekends in jail?

And is that a felony conviction; or can she now just move into another cop job, such as in {ahem...} PG County?

It does little good to even try them for anything less than a felony that will strip them of the privilege to beat up and shot others.

Posted by: j_oper | December 11, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the Cop Haters. Always have things to say behind a computer screen about Cops, but they wouldn't dare say it in their face. Cowards. @ 10 Percenter. Obviously, you either had bad experiences with Cops, probably attributed by your poor attitude, and your mentality that your feeble tax contribution to the payroll, that is if you are a DC Resident, to the DC Police makes you think you have some kind of say on how Cops do their jobs. Well, until you have worn the uniform and done the job, don't go criticizing. If you must know, this certain Officer was working alone walking a foot beat during a midnight tour. The subject she encountered was much bigger than her and went after her after she told him to leave a Laundromat at the request of the Laundromat Manager. She was defending herself as she was taught. This story is not accurate. She took a plea deal and got sentenced to what she got. As you may very well know, DC Superior Court is a joke, and even true criminals get far less punishment for certain violent crimes than say Maryland and Virginia, but I am sure you already know this. She got far too much if you ask me for someone who never has been charged with a crime before.

Posted by: Chazo | December 12, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Pig Chazo we will await your being taken down for the same arrogance.You cops are NOT above the law

Posted by: 624j | December 12, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

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