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Queens Father Sued for Human Rights Violations

09-06-2011 10:10 AM CET | Politics, Law & Society

Press release from: BrooklynNewsSource

A Far Rockaway man is has been sued in civil court for human rights violations and abuse of power in a move that stunned the community. McKinly Coleman, an officer with the New York City Department of Corrections, was slapped with a $550,000 lawsuit today that alleges that he abused his law enforcement powers, filed false police reports and caused physical and emotional injury to the mother of his preschool-aged daughter, Alexis Moxley. He is also facing a wrongful death lawsuit.

Coleman, who lives with his parents in Queens, is being charged with intentional infliction of emotional distress after a 2009 incident in which he called the police on the mother of his three-year-old daughter and had a police SWAT team kick in her front door and arrest her.

According to Kings County family court records, the couple was court-ordered to exchange their three year old at the 81st precinct in Brooklyn. The father never arrived. Instead, he went to the 101st precinct and reported the child missing.

The next day, McKinly Coleman appeared before a judge in the Kings County family court, pleading for an emergency hearing. He testified that he had gone to pick up Alexis, and the mother and child had not arrived. Police reports from the 81st precinct in Brooklyn would later prove this claim false. He also reported that the mother was armed and holding the child hostage and that he needed police assistance.

Court records show that the mother attempted to drop the child off at the precinct twice, information that Coleman withheld from the judge. He allegedly told the mother to stay at home, and reassured her that he was on his way to pick up the child. In fact, he was sitting in court, waiting to see a judge.

"Apparently, Coleman was angry at the mother because he didn't like the way she styled the child's hair," Officer Cunningham said. "There was animosity because Coleman's girlfriend did not want the child's mother to comb the child's hair. It seems as though he did this out of revenge."

Susan Steinberg, a psychologist who is familiar with the case believes that Coleman will do anything possible to exact revenge on the mother of his child. “All court records indicate that he sued this mother for custody of the child out of spite,” Steinberg said.

“He was furious that she discontinued her relationship with him. He taunted her relentlessly on the phone about not having custody of the child. In recorded phone calls, he says ‘You’re a college graduate and I have your child. Revenge is a bitch, isn’t it bitch?’

“He is also heard forcing the mother to beg to speak to the child. When he gained custody of the child, he required the mother call him ‘sir,’ humiliating her. On one occasion, he forced the mother to get down on her knees and beg him to spend Mother’s day with the child. These are things a young child should not witness,” Steinberg said.

The disturbing part about it is that he is willing to risk Alexis’ life to get back at her mother,” Steinberg said. “He put his job on the line by filing false police reports, committing perjury and threatening and harassing the mother. There are even reports that he enlisted the help of his friends to physically attack and kill the mother.”

The mother lost custody of the child in a 2007 hearing in which her lawyer failed to appear in court.

Later that evening when the father still had not shown up to pick up the child, the mother put the child to bed and planned on visiting the court to make a report the next day. She would not get that chance. "I put Alexis to bed at 8:30, her usual bedtime", said the 30 year old mother. I kept my phone nearby in case he called to say he was on his way. Then I went to bed at around 10."

About an hour later, both mother and child would awake to the sounds of police sirens. The mother cautiously looked out of her window to see her street clogged with police cars, officers crouched and ready to fire. Two officers commanded she open the front door.

The mother then reports that the officers ran into the darkened house, scanning with flashlights for other suspects. She was handcuffed and thrown to the floor while the officers charged in looking for the "missing" child. Unable to brace herself, she fell face down onto the hardwood floor of her foyer, shattering her back tooth. The mother, who was six months pregnant at the time, felt a sharp pain shoot through her abdomen. "It was like a nightmare," she said, painfully recalling the events of that night. "I was screaming, Alexis was screaming, my mother was screaming. It was horrible."

The three-year-old Alexis Moxley, screaming in terror, was snatched from her bed by officers, and led past her mother who screaming in agony, face down in a pool of her own blood.

According to witness reports, Coleman stood on the sidewalk outside of her home watching the entire scene unfold.

"I saw him standing there, just looking," said Lola McAllister a neighbor and longtime Bed-Stuy resident. "He was smiling when they brought the mother out and she was bleeding and crying. I think he was enjoying that."

Sadly, the mother would deliver her six month old fetus three days later. The child was stillborn. Reports show that the child died due to blunt force trauma to the head.

“Unfortunately, we have to treat every call as though it is real,” said Officer Cunningham. “If officers think there is a suspect with a gun, they have to stabilize the situation,” he said. “They don’t know what kind of situation they’re going into. They had no idea of knowing that he was lying about her having a gun.”

Court records show that the couple was no stranger to the police. In the course of two years, Coleman would call the police on the mother of his young daughter over 48 times, for infractions ranging from being seven minutes late getting home from work to exchange the child, to allegedly calling him "stupid" over the phone.

He even filed a petition with the court for an order of protection in 2006, alleging she beat him up and broke his glasses. The restraining order was later dropped when it was revealed that the mother was on a cruise in another country at the time.

The mother, who is a graduate of St. John's University and professional author was working as an Executive Assistant for a major non-profit at the time. She recently published a memoir that details the abuse she suffered at the hands of her cruel and relentless ex-boyfriend. She now works as an advocate for abuse victims. Coleman, a dropout who lives with his parents, works for the New York Department of Corrections.

“This guy is cruel, sadistic and dangerous,” Steinberg said. “I fear for that child.”

In another incident, Coleman called the child's mother and requested that she keep the child at her home for an extra day to celebrate Mother's day. When the mother agreed and kept the child past her court-ordered parenting time, the father promptly called police and reported the child missing, causing the mother to be arrested yet again. The child witnessed her mother being led away in handcuffs. The charges were later dropped by the criminal court judge.

In total, Coleman's actions cost the taxpayers of New York City over $190,000 that evening. His services included the use of two police precincts, various family court personnel, a sitting judge, two court appearances, EMTs, the Brooklyn Criminal court, Legal Aid Society and the Assistant District Attorney's office. The mother was charged with interference with child custody, a charge that was later dropped by the criminal court judge.

If found culpable by a Supreme Court jury, McKinly Coleman will be ordered to pay his ex-girlfriend over $550,000 in damages due to loss of her unborn child, medical bills, lost wages and emotional distress. He will also have to reimburse the cost of the property that was damaged in the struggle. He may also face criminal charges as well. Filing a false police report and perjury are both felonies which carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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