In what world is it okay to haul off and smack a person? In public while screaming racial slurs. In 2014.
According to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger is accused of smacking 20-year-old mentally disabled Eric Rivers twice and yelling “Run, n—ger, run” after Rivers fled.
Canton, Miss., mayor William Truly, who is also president of the local NAACP branch tells the Clarion-Ledger that he wants Weisenberger to step down from the bench until an investigation has been concluded.
“No citizen should have to face justice before a judge who holds such a high degree of racial animus and hatred,” Truly says.
Truly also expects this to go to a grand jury, and he adds that “the NAACP plans to file complaints with the Judicial Performance Commission, the state attorney general’s Vulnerable Adult Unit, and the Justice Department.”
Rivers was hanging around the Canton Flea Market to make a little extra change unloading trucks as many of the locals do.
“That young man was wanting to work to earn money to buy a bike,” says Cathy Hendrix, one of the flea market vendors.