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Reported by Dr. Sinclair Grey III
Bigotry never seems to end. As soon as we finish dealing with racial nuances from one side of the pendulum, there arises something new that catches our attention and makes us scratch our heads.
A Mississippi Justice Court judge is accused of slapping a black man and yelling at him ‘Run n-gger run.’ The suspect in this case is Madison County’s Justice Judge Bill Weisenberger. He’s accused of striking 20-year-old Eric Rivers, who is mentally challenged, on May 8 at the Canton Flea Market.
As you can imagine, this issue is being investigated to the fullest degree. The president of the Canton branch of the NAACP, William Truly, said ‘…This is 2014, not 1960, where someone could slap a young man and call out, Run, n-gger run.’
If the allegations prove to be true, Weisenberger’s action(s) would be seen as a violation of multiple canons of the Judicial Code of Conduct.
[Weisenberger is a former law enforcement officer and former emergency operations director]
Truly and other members of the NAACP want Weisenberger to step down from hearing cases until his case has been resolved. Some are calling for his immediate resignation. In a news conference on Friday, Truly said, ‘No citizen should have to face justice before a judge who holds such a high degree of racial animus and hatred.’ The NAACP plans to file complaints with the state and Justice Department.
Two witnesses who were vendors at the flea market stated that vendors depend on local people to help them unload their vehicles. All who help are paid for their assistance. Rivers was standing on the sidewalk waiting to help in order to earn money to purchase a bike. Apparently, Weisenberger didn’t like that and slapped him and even bragged about what he had done.
One of the witnesses who got into a verbal altercation with Weisenberger said, he ‘…seemed to be suffering from an authoritative complex and was making sure that everyone knew that.’ Weisenberger was in law enforcement attire.
There is sure to be plenty of news surrounding this story. As a note: Under Mississippi law, the only requirement to be elected a Justice Court judge is a high school diploma. After taking office, the judges are required to take up to six hours of training a year.
Source: Newsone and Clarion Ledger
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, writer, activist, published author of (5) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org.