Judge E. Curtissa Cofield, 60, has been sentenced in Manchester, Connecticut for her bizarre conduct on October 9th. Cofield was drunk when she went swerving through a construction zone before sideswiping a patrol car — injuring the officer, according to his lawyer. She then unleashed a torrent of racist remarks against another officer. It took Judge William Bright Jr. sentences Cofield to taking a simple alcohol education program. Her record will then be cleaned after a year.
Bright insisted that Cofield racist remarks have no bearing on the sentence. He insisted that “anything that happened after the DUI is not relevant to the A.E.P application.” Among other remarks, Cofield used the n-word, called a black state police sergeant a “Negro Washington.”
While Bright is correct that the remarks are separate from the driving violation, this sentence is pretty light for someone who drove drunk, hit a car, and allegedly injured an officer. (The original report said that there were no injuries, but the officers’ lawyer claims that he was slightly injured).
Cofield continues to sit as a judge in Hartford.
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