Mike McClanahan president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP sent The Rouge Collection a statement calling for an investigation into Judge Mike Erwin. Yesterday The Rouge Collection first reported that Judge Erwin was accused of calling a black woman the N-word at Sammy’s Grill on Highland Road on Friday February 3rd.
McClanahan said in a statement:
“The Baton Rouge Branch of the NAACP take these allegations very serious. We expect our judicial system to be fair and impartial. This type of behavior by one so entrusted is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. We are calling upon the Chief Judge of the 19th JDC and the State Judicial Commission to launch a full, fair and complete investigation. If these allegations are held to be true, we are demanding that Judge Erwin be removed from the bench and a close scrutiny of all his cases involving people of color be had where his sole discretion was at hand. In the absence of justice, there shall be no peace.”
McClanahan and the NAACP are one of the first groups to release a statement on the incident with Judge Erwin. Sammy’s Grill has since banned Judge Erwin from all of it’s locations as a result of the events that occurred.
Kaneitra Johnson the victim in the allegation said, she and a Lyft driver shared a seat until he was leaving. Johnson said, ”I’m halfway on the seat and the Lyft driver is on the other half of the seat. Then he asked for his jacket. All of a sudden I hear this older man behind me tell the Lyft driver, ‘You never give up your seat for a n*gger.’”
Considering the gravity of the allegations against Judge Erwin it is safe to presume more leaders will be speaking out in the coming days.