Top Democrat’s Brother’s Conviction Isn’t About Racism Like He Claims

( Sen. Raphael Warnock (D., Ga.) often tells the tale of his older brother, a “first-time nonviolent” drug criminal condemned to life in prison owing to a “pandemic of racism.”

It’s a lie.

Warnock compared his half-brother, Keith Coleman, to black victims of police shootings, blamed his imprisonment on the “stigma of color and criminality,” and lauded his early release in 2020 due to COVID-19 as a day of “hope” for the judicial system.

It’s a crock.

Court records tell the real story. Coleman was convicted of assisting a cross-country cocaine trafficking operation in 1996 and 1997. He also threatened to send a drug dealer’s “black ass” to prison if he didn’t pay him more.

“If I knowed I was f***ing with a motherf***er off the corner who can’t afford to pay me no more than $1,500, his black ass would be in prison.”

Warnock leaves out the part where his dear brother, Coleman, was a police officer. Warnock portrayed him as a victim of law enforcement misconduct when he was the perpetrator of police misconduct.

But he’s learned over time that fabricated stories aren’t scrutinized when that scrutiny will be labeled racism.

His brother’s record underscores the contradiction between the senator’s public pronouncements against racism and reality.

In 1995, the FBI initiated “Operation Broken Oath.” This sting operation was initiated following whistleblower tips concerning dishonest cops in the Savannah Police Department.

Nearly a dozen police officers fell for the trap, agreeing to work with cocaine smugglers who were FBI agents and informants.

Coleman became a kingpin, using his police-issued firearm and automobile to escort drug dealers to airports, hotels, and warehouses. He hired four fellow cops to provide protection, saying the operation brought in “truckloads” of cocaine.

An undercover investigator masquerading as a drug dealer offered him $1,500 for a cocaine-trafficking job.

Prosecutors say Coleman received $46,000 in dirty payments and trafficked 28.2 kg of cocaine from November 1996 to March 1997.

Coleman was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine and carrying a gun on November 21, 1997. His co-conspirators got 17 and 19 years in prison.

According to court records, Coleman’s weapon possession, authority abuse, and recruiting of other cops led to a harsher sentence.

Maybe that’s the “racism” part of which Warnock speaks.

Coleman appealed his conviction for years. “Conspiracy to attempt” is not a crime, he argued in court records. He stated the FBI targeted him for his race while disregarding white police wrongdoing. He called his lawyer inept. He maintained the federal government had no jurisdiction because he wasn’t arrested in a fort, magazine, arsenal, necessary structure, or other federal enclave.

All appeals failed.