Coleman “was named by a juvenile suspect that he had knowledge and participated in an armed robbery by providing a Glock handgun to the juvenile suspect and telling said juvenile to, ‘Go get that money.’”
Khalil Coleman Arrested: The well-known Milwaukee Peoples Revolution leader under felony arrest in Kentucky, is accused of pressuring a juvenile to rob what they believed was a drug house, handing him a gun and telling him to “go get that money,” according to court documents obtained exclusively by Wisconsin Right Now.
In addition to his role as key organizer of Milwaukee’s most controversial Black Lives Matter protests/riots and involvement in the Milwaukee police chief’s demotion, Coleman, who has Gangster Disciples gang ties (he calls it Growth & Development), wrote on LinkedIn that he’s received multiple contracts from Milwaukee Public Schools and other educational and community entities to train students to reject violence.
But the complaint in Kentucky alleges he gave a Glock handgun to the juvenile and told him to commit the robbery.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky “uniform citation” against Coleman alleges that Coleman, 34, of Milwaukee “had knowledge and participated in an armed robbery…in Elsmere Kentucky.” It alleges that Coleman “was named by a juvenile suspect that he had knowledge and participated in an armed robbery by providing a Glock handgun to the juvenile suspect and telling said juvenile to, ‘Go get that money.’”
The juvenile suspect “felt pressured to commit the robbery and pointed a loaded Glock pistol at the victim and stated, ‘We got business to talk about and to get in the house,'” the citation reads.
But it didn’t work. “The victim ran inside, shut the door and held it shut while calling 911,” says the citation. The citation against Coleman’s co-defendant Joshua Clarey, 24, of New Berlin, describes the same allegations but adds an accusation that Clarey “was sitting in the front passenger seat of a vehicle that was stopped for matching the description by the victim…firearms were located in vehicle. Above was the right front passenger and along his seat (police) located a small plastic baggy. Inside was an off white material believed to be heroin.”
Coleman has entered a not guilty plea and has a preliminary hearing coming up. He is innocent until proven guilty, like everyone in a court of law.
Khalil Coleman Arrested
Elsmere police Detective Eric Higgins told Wisconsin Right Now in an interview that police believe Coleman and his co-defendants were attempting to rob a drug house in the February 15, 2021, incident.
“They went to the wrong house,” he said. Police are still trying to determine the original target, which would give them more information on motive, but he said that Coleman and Clarey aren’t talking to the police.
According to Higgins, the juvenile involved in the Kentucky incident is a 17-year-old white male from Indiana. He could not provide his name because he’s a minor. He doesn’t believe that Coleman and the juvenile are related.
During the attempted heist, Coleman “was in the driver’s seat of the car,” Higgins said.
After the first robbery attempt, “they tried coming back to do a second attempt to do robbery, and they saw a marked (police) unit and tried to flee.” He said they “made it a couple blocks” until they were blocked in by a snowplow and were captured.
“It’s lucky no one got hurt,” said Higgins, who noted that police confiscated two guns and one had a “50-round drum,” in it, “extra capacity.” Higgins found it “concerning, obviously” that a juvenile was allegedly made the triggerman. He wasn’t sure why Coleman, Clarey and the juvenile were in Elsemre or Kentucky other than to allegedly “rob a drug house.” He said Elsmere is part of the greater Cincinnati area.
He said the Gangster Disciples gang has come up in discussions he’s had with law enforcement from other states in connection with the case, but he has no evidence of direct gang ties in this incident because police don’t know the original target yet.
Coleman is charged with robbery and unlawful transaction with a minor, both felonies. Clarey is accused of robbery, unlawful transaction with a minor, first-degree drug possession, and fugitive from another state, according to Kenton County, Kentucky, jail records.
Clarey is wanted on an October warrant out of Milwaukee County for possessing a firearm as a felon, habitual criminality repeater, and repeat firearm crimes. He’s also wanted for a felony case out of Sheboygan County. That case gave his address as West Allis. Clarey is accused of taking an auto without owner’s consent and bail jumping as a repeater. He has prior convictions in Wisconsin for marijuana possession, felony possession of methamphetamine, obstructing an officer, and felony possession of an electric weapon.
We obtained the criminal complaint involving the Milwaukee warrant against Clarey. You can read the details here. It says officers learned a wanted subject was at a location along S. 12th Street in Milwaukee. As soon as police arrived, people began running in and out of the residence, the complaint says. An officer found Clarey “hunched over with his hands near his groin area,” allegedly trying to conceal himself by the car. He was found with a Glock 43 9mm with an extended magazine.
Coleman’s School Contracts
Coleman’s LinkedIn page says he’s currently an “educational consultant” under contract with Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center in Milwaukee, assisting students “in English Language Arts courses” and working with staff “to ensure better cultural practices and youth engagement activities.”
He says he is also currently an administrator with and is co-founder of the Safe Zone Initiative to implement “violence prevention, intervention and de-escalation practices citywide.”
He states that a group he founded, Changing Lives Through Literature, “has contracted with MPS Office of Communication and School Performance to administer services under Project AWARE working with Riverside University High School” to do things like peer mediation “to reduce violence.”
Coleman also says that he is cofounder of New School for Youth Empowerment, a “small MPS charter high school based on the premise that young people can and will become educated, active members of their community.”
He also claims on LinkedIn that “Milwaukee School of Engineering has contracted with Khalil Coleman… to develop student lead (sic) projects around social belief vs. social engineering.”
Coleman wrote that his Changing Lives Through Literature group also “has contracted with Seton Catholic Schools under Dep