A new book written by local resident Robert Coleman describes the true-life story of his family’s nightmare experiences at the hands of CPS (Child Protective Services) in the state of Michigan.
The events took place in 2008 when the Coleman family claims they were falsely accused of child abuse by a vindictive couple they had evicted from the apartments the Colemans owned in Ironwood, Michigan.
In Coleman’s account, he describes how local law enforcement authorities and state officials, eager to go after him because of previous conflicts he had experienced with them via disputes he had with them while in business in Ironwood, jumped at the opportunity when the claims were made, without properly investigating the backgrounds and claims of the vindictive couple. The ensuing investigation purportedly included statements of his then six-year-old step daughter, who today at age ten, denies much of what the state claimed happened. The step daughter’s own account of what, in fact, took place, indicates the state used threats that she could never go home unless she said what they wanted her to say as a means of getting her to say what she did, in fact, say. That was coupled with many straight out lies, according to Coleman, as well as creation of so-called evidence manufactured by the state, which was never supported by any indisputable facts. Coleman’s claims in the book are all supported by either tape recordings he made of state officials at the time, the state’s own memos created at the time, or in actual court proceedings, which are fully documented in Coleman’s book.
The book further exploits the state of Michigan’s documented abuses of the CPS system, with referrals to other abusive CPS cases that resulted in a class action lawsuit, lost by the state of Michigan, a direct result of their abusive actions. In Coleman’s case, the state actually raided his hotel room at three o’clock in the morning, in a kidnap style, swat type of raid, to take his children on a Sunday morning, and attempted to paint Robert up as a dangerous person, when in fact, he had no criminal record nor as much as a fight in school while growing up to support such allegations.
The Coleman family left Ironwood when their case was finally closed in 2009, seeking out a desireable community to live in, and finally settled on Huron where Robert went about the writing of this book and the family now enjoys a new and peaceful life. Robert is presently engaged in his effort to establish a book publishing
business where others, such as himself, can effectively expose corruption and abuse by the system in real life cases such as his own. According to Coleman, there are plenty of those stories to be divulged.