Connecticut Judge Arrested for Drunk Driving After Hitting Police Cruiser and Hurling Racial Epithets at Black Officer

43585012-25022605Connecticut Judge E. Curtissa R. Cofield is at the center of a firestorm after an arrest for drunk driving during which she hurled racial epithets at a black police officer. She also succeeded in striking a police cruiser with her BMW. Cofield, who is also black, is now the subject of both a criminal proceeding and a proposed legislative investigation.

During her arrest, Cofield used the n-word to refer to the black officer and also addressed state police Sgt. Dwight Washington as “Negro Washington.” The conduct was recorded on videotapes in the booking room.

Cofield allegedly drove her 2003 BMW X5 into a state police cruiser, which was parked in the right shoulder protecting a construction zone. The police department has refused a media request for the tape despite the fact that most such booking tapes are treated as public, as in the recent case of Sidney Blumenthal’s arrest for drunk driving.

This is not a great period for Cofield, who just had a major case reversed based on her erroneous jury instruction. She had previously attracted much media attention for her efforts to combat . . . you guessed it . . . teenage drunk driving.

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12 thoughts on “Connecticut Judge Arrested for Drunk Driving After Hitting Police Cruiser and Hurling Racial Epithets at Black Officer”

  1. I’ve known it all along: Even blacks in high positions say/use the n-word. It doesn’t make any sense how black ppl claim to be offended by the word yet they’ll still say/use it.

    Jesse Jackson and the NAACP claimed to have buried the word. Years later, Jesse’s heard saying it on national television. He referred to blacks as the n-word and called Obama a half-breed n-word. Jesse and the majority of blacks are still using that word. They have a scandulous and passionate relationship w/ the n-word.

    Years ago when I was a young girl, I heard something about how alot of blacks demanded that the n-word be removed from the dictionary. I didn’t understand why it bothered them that it was in the dictionary b/c I would hear them use the word day and night. The word is no longer in the dictionary but blacks haven’t ceased from using it in music, on television, and every day, all day conversation.

    What was the purpose of the rally? Why remove a word they love so much from the dictionary?

    This is off the subject of the article, but it’s been a best kept secret for at least 40 years:

    When a non-black person says/uses the n-word, blacks aren’t really offended. They PRETEND to be offended b/c it keeps the non-blacks in the category as a racist, even if racism has nothing to do w/ the situation.

    These black judges, lawyers, doctors, etc will use that word among themselves in a social setting. The only thing that judge did wrong was being drunk and crashing into that vehicle. Had she been just having a conversation w/ any black officer and used the word, he wouldn’t’ve reported it.

  2. I think she should be gone from the bench as quickly as possible. There is absolutely no room for someone in her position of authority to continue judging people on the exact same things that she is guilty of. What she did was more than a simple moving violation and therefore she need to go into another profession.

  3. As a kid of the 1950s/early 1960s, I was taught to have respect for the legal system. I have had a profound–almost credulous–respect for judges. Lately, that respect has waned through these trying years of the Bush Administration, as evidenced by the endemic corruptness within sectors of the legal system. I realize that judges are ‘just human’ like us all; however, most of them I have known and/or the few I have approached, are beyond reproach to the extent humanly possible. They–like other good officers of the law–put themselves on a legal pedestal and act with honor under the ‘color of their uniform or official legal statuses’ throughout all aspects of their daily lives, professional and personnel.

    A judge’s, or other governmental legal employee’s decision to serve society–at relatively modest financial compensation when their skills demand much higher pay outside of public service–is one of the many reasons they deserve the esteem and praise they sometimes receive from the public.

    Accepting that our society rests on the pillars of a strong and just legal system, judges of all stripes are the most critical components of government, apart from a strong, although restrained military, which consequently relies on a foundation of sound judicial principles.

    Judge Jud.., erm, Curtissa should receive a judicial rebuking and censured for an appropriate period following her payment of the debt to society that all drunken drivers incur, including a public apology to the LEO. Then she must to get back to work, because there are far too few judges throughout the municipal, state, and federal judiciaries.

    Caveat: If she misbehaves again and tarnishes the high esteem others and I have for judges, she must resign or be removed and then perhaps given the job as an unarmed bailiff in a ‘Podunk’ municipal court.

  4. Arrogance is never pretty, but couple that with power rooted in judicial authority and you have a recipe for this type of trouble. I vote a suspension and public service , and maybe a program with “Lawyers Helping Lawyers.”

  5. She should be dismissed from her position. She’s a poor example for a judge, especially for the young teenagers she was trying to convience to not drink and drive

  6. This begs the question, has a person ever been convicted of hate crimes against their own race? Obviously it’s possible to be racist against any group, but I wonder if there’s any legal precedent.

  7. “She had previously attracted much media attention for her efforts to combat . . . you guessed it . . . teenage drunk driving.”

    Also in the car that night, an unnamed right wing republican working on legislation to target pedophiles.

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