Police officer sacked for kicking handcuffed man’s tooth out was already under being investigated for another alleged assault in cell

- Sergeant Mark Cooley kicked out Daniel Rogan's tooth during an arrest
- He was taken to a disciplinary hearing for the violent incident and sacked
- Since revealed, during hearing he faced investigation for another attack
- Peter Wood claims Sgt Cooley kicked him while under arrest over ASBO



Former police sergeant Mark Cooley

Attack: Sergeant Mark Cooley, pictured, was under investigation for two attacks on men while they were under arrest.

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.

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