A Louisiana judge who could be heard on a video using a racial slur has resigned, according to her lawyer and a letter from the judge. She took accountability for her actions and apologized in a statement.
Louisiana Judge Resigns After Using Racial Slur
“I take full responsibility for the hurtful words I used to describe the individual who burglarized the vehicles at my home,” the judge, Michelle Odinet, of the City Court of Lafayette, La., wrote in a letter dated Friday to the chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
“I am sorry for the pain that I have caused my community and ask for your forgiveness, as my words did not foster the public’s confidence and integrity for the judiciary,” she wrote.
Ms. Odinet said she was stepping down “after much reflection and prayer, and in order to facilitate healing within the community.”
Racist Judge Goes Viral
We recently reported on the incident where Judge Odinet’s video went unexpectedly viral.
Judge Michelle Odinet, who oversees cases in Lafayette, Louisiana showed her true colors when the footage was released of her calling a black man who invaded her home the N-word, calling into question whether her apparent bias could have sullied her oversight of cases in Lafayette, Louisiana.
LAPD In Heat Over Racism
In other recent news regarding racism in law enforcement, the LAPD was recently exposed for exchanging racist text threads within one of their departments.
The racist text conversations went on for years according to prosecutors, and have created a crisis for the Torrance Police Department. This discovery could jeopardize hundreds of criminal cases in which the officers either testified or made arrests.