Judge Slaps Black Man, Tells Him ‘Run N—er Run’

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Madison County Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger

A Judge in Canton, Mississippi is facing serious allegations that he physically struck a mentally disabled man, and used racial slurs. The Madison County Justice Court judge was said to have carried out the assault while working as a security guard at an event in Canton.

Eric Rivers, a 20-year-old disabled African-American man has had a police complaint filed against Judge Bill Weisenberger by his family. The complaint is in connection with the May 8 incident at a flea market.

Local WLBT-TV reported that the Madison District attorney has said that this case is due to be heard by a grand jury.

Far from a “he said/she said” situation, there were multiple witnesses of the assault and the associated hate speech. Some of them told the local paper, The Clarion-Ledger that Weisenberger, struck the young man and yelled the “n-word”.

The NAACP, led in Mississippi by William Truly officially said that the judge should recuse himself from hearing cases or resign pending an investigation.

Cathy Hendrix of Tuscaloosa, a vendor at the Canton Flea Market, said that she saw Rivers standing on the sidewalk offering to help unload things for the market. This common practice of locals looking to make a little money was, according to Hendrix, because Rivers “was wanting to work to earn money to buy a bike.”

Her sister, Tammy Westbrook, also went on record saying she saw Weisenberger “rear back and slap” Rivers twice and use the “n-word”, telling Rivers to “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 said on behalf of the NAACP in a news conference Friday.

Racism is still alive and well. If you agree, help get the word out.

Reprinted with permission from Political Blind Spot


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