Monday, February 22, 2016

British cop fired for kicking handcuffed man's tooth out was already under being investigated for another alleged assault in cell

The cowardly little worm concerned

A disgraced former police officer sacked for kicking a handcuffed man in the face was already under investigation for another alleged assault inside a police cell.

Sergeant Mark Cooley kicked Daniel Rogan so hard during an arrest at a flat in Stechford, Birmingham, that he lost a tooth and needed hospital treatment, in August 2013.

Sgt Cooley was later sacked for the violent attack after a disciplinary hearing found him guilty of gross misconduct.

However, it has now emerged that he was already under investigation for an earlier alleged incident inside a police cell.

Peter Wood, 29, claims he was kicked by the officer at Stechford police station, after he was arrested over an allegation that he had breached an ASBO in June 2013.

Mr Wood, from Stechford, received a letter from West Midlands Police's Professional Standards Department last week telling him that the officer has been sacked and the case will only reopen if he is reinstated.

It added that Sgt Cooley is appealing both the finding and outcome of the misconduct panel which led to his sacking.

Mr Wood says no further action was taken against him after his arrest. He added: 'I suffered bruising all over my body. I had no idea that he had been sacked for kicking someone until I received the letter.'

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: 'Sergeant Cooley was to appear before a misconduct hearing following an incident that occurred on June 23, 2013. The hearing was scheduled to take place on a date to be fixed.

'In October 2015 Sgt Cooley appeared before a misconduct hearing on another matter and was dismissed from the force without notice.  'As a result of the officer's dismissal this case has now been finalised, in the event that ex-sergeant Cooley appeals the decision and is successful we will re-open this case.'

The panel found that Sgt Cooley kicked Mr Rogan while he was being held down by other officers in handcuffs.

They also found him guilty of aiming a second kick at his face as he was being carried handcuffed down the stairs minutes later by four officers.

Police Constable Nicola Lea, who has since tendered her resignation from the force, claimed to have witnessed the two kicks aimed at Mr Rogan.

Original report here

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