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Louisiana judge allegedly calls black customer the N-word Louisiana judge allegedly calls black customer the N-word
  • Louisiana Judge Mike Erwin allegedly called a black customer a 'fat n****r' 
  • Incident took place at Sammy's Grill, in Baton Rouge, on February 3
  • Kaneitra Johnson shared her traumatic experience in a public Facebook post

A 67-year-old white judge allegedly scolded a taxi driver for giving up his seat in a restaurant to a 'fat n****r'.

Louisiana Judge Mike Erwin, who is the 19th Judicial District's most senior judge, made the alleged racial slur while at Sammy's Grill, in Baton Rouge.

Kaneitra Johnson, who is black, shared her traumatic experience in a public Facebook post. 

 Louisiana Judge Mike Erwin, who is the 19th Judicial District's most senior judge, allegedly ticked off a taxi driver for giving up his seat to a 'n****r'

Louisiana Judge Mike Erwin, who is the 19th Judicial District's most senior judge, allegedly ticked off a taxi driver for giving up his seat to a 'n****r'

According to Johnson there was a two hour wait for her group of friends to be seat.

As such, they decided to stand at the bar.

While at the bar she started speaking with a Lyft driver. 

Recalling the incident on February 3, she told the Rogue Collection: 'He was sitting and I was standing that entire time. He stepped away to the restroom so I sat in the seat until he got back.

'When he got back I asked if he wanted to have his seat back and he said 'No. I'm about to go any way.' But before I leave I do need my jacket. '

At that point, she claimed to hear an older man telling the taxi driver: 'You never give up your seat for a n****r.'

For good measure, he then allegedly added: 'You should have made her get her fat n****r a** up.'  

Ms Johnson, who works at Answer Quick Telecommunications, LLC, wrote on Facebook: 'I've heard stories about people spewing out hatred but never been the person being spewed upon. I felt so low, embarrassed, unwanted, out of place...all in a place I've visited many times before.'

She only learned after the event the man involved was Judge Erwin. 

Nadia Simmone wrote on Facebook: 'This was my cousin. No, real life. Our fathers are brothers. I've been seeing red ever since I saw her post about it. I'm so glad that this is getting the attention it deserves.' 

 Kaneitra Johnson (pictured) said she felt 'so low, embarrassed, unwanted and out of place'

Kaneitra Johnson (pictured) said she felt 'so low, embarrassed, unwanted and out of place'

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office was called in following the argument.   

The deputies spoke with other people at the restaurant who said they did not hear the argument and were unable to confirm whether Erwin really did use racial slur at Johnson, the sheriff's spokesman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.

'There was a disagreement between patrons, but no arrests or criminal charges or anything,' Hicks said. 

However Andy McKay, manager at Sammy's Grill, has said the judge is now barred from the establishment.

He told The Root: 'I wasn't there that night, so I can't comment on the details, but I know police were called.

'I can also tell you that the owner Sammy Nagem has made it clear that Judge Erwin is no longer welcome here.

'We will refuse his business.'

 The incident took place at Sammy's Grill (pictured) in Baton Rouge on February 3 

The incident took place at Sammy's Grill (pictured) in Baton Rouge on February 3 

Mike McClanahan, president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told the Rogue Collection: '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.'  

According to the website for Louisiana's 19th District, Erwin was an assistant city prosecutor in Baton Rouge City Court from 1979 to 1981. 

He then served as an assistant district attorney with the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office from 1981 to 1990 before his election to the 19th Judicial District Court in 1991. 

In 2014, he was re-elected to a fifth six-year term. 

MailOnline had calls unanswered when they contacted Judge Erwin's office.   


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