A Louisiana judge seeks forgiveness after a viral video captured her with racist slurs. In the video, Lafayette City Court judge Michelle Odinet and her family watched their home security footage on Saturday showing an armed burglary in the driveway. In the video she says: “We have a ni ***, it’s a ni ***, like a cockroach.” According to The lawyer, The video has raised concern and residents are calling for their resignation.
Judge Odinet claims, “I was given a sedative at the time of the video. I have no memory of the video and the disturbing language. Everyone who knows me and my husband knows that this is contrary to the way we live. ”She continued to ask for understanding, forgiveness, patience and prayers. However, the public is not buying it. On Monday, Michael Toussaint, the local NAACP president, called for her to step down. “She is a sitting judge in a court of proceedings. She represents the Lafayette community. We can’t approve of this kind of behavior from her or anyone else, ”he said.
Reggie Thomas, Marshal of Lafayette City, commented on Judge Odinet’s actions: “As a proud black man and Marshal of Lafayette City, I firmly believe that Judge Odinet should be held accountable. I am sure that it will be impossible for people of color to trust that they will be treated fairly and equally when they have to stand before Judge Odinet for a decision, ”he said. He went on to say that the language cannot be accepted or tolerated by anyone, especially those who serve as guides. The complaints don’t stop there.
Senator Gerald Boudreaux also expressed the situation, and the comments were reprehensible, offensive and unacceptable to anyone serving as a judge. In addition, he plans to petition the Louisiana Justice Commission to investigate ethical conduct and actions related to the incident.
Robert Handy, 59, was arrested in connection with the incident and charged with simple break-in on two counts. However, it is unclear who recorded the incident at home and how it got public. Judge Odinet upheld suspicions of substance abuse in her son and said the family were taking the necessary steps to obtain help and treatment for him. Roommate, we’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
Would you like updates straight to your text inbox? Call us at 917-722-8057 or Click here to take part!