Mississippi Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger, who allegedly struck 20 year old Eric Rivers, turned himself in on charges of simple assault. He was released after posting $10,000 bond.
The family of Rivers, who is disabled, filed a complaint against Weisenberger last year.
“The law does not discriminate, and the Grand Jury has given us our marching orders,” Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood told the Jackson Free Press. “The law does not discriminate. We look forward to presenting the facts of this case in court.”
Tammy Westbrook claims she saw Weisenberger slap Rivers twice, and said the judge shouted out “run, boy, run,” and “run, n-gger, run.”
“This is 2014,” former Canton Mayor William Truly told the Clarion Ledger, president of the Canton branch of the NAACP, “not 1960, where someone could slap a young man and call out, ‘Run, n—–, run.”
“No citizen should have to face justice before a judge who holds such a high degree of racial animus and hatred,” Truly added.
Even though Weisenberger stepped down from his position as Justice Court judge, he is still being paid a $45,000 salary.
Many city officials, including Weisenberger’s own attorney, don’t understand why it’s taken so long for the judge to be charged with a crime.
Cathy Henderix, a vendor at the flea market where the incident occurred, said the young man who Weisenberger assaulted was trying to help load and unload products so he could earn money.
“That young man was wanting to work to earn money to buy a bike,” said Henderix.