Republican nominee for governor in Nevada Sheriff Joe Lombardo called for a judge in the state to resign on Friday following anti-police comments she made earlier in the week during a court hearing.
“You know you don’t want to be nowhere where cops are cause I know I don’t, and I’m a middle-aged, middle-class black woman,” Judge Erika Ballou said to a Black male defendant. “I don’t want to be around where the cops are because I don’t know I’m going to walk away alive or not.”
Lombardo said in a statement:
In a courtroom incident earlier this week, Judge Erika Ballou espoused anti-police rhetoric from the bench, immediately causing grave concern among members of the law enforcement community. Judge Ballou’s comments and courtroom conduct demonstrate bias against law enforcement and stand in complete opposition to a fair and independent judiciary. Today, I’m calling upon Judge Ballou to resign, and I’m also calling upon Governor Sisolak to demand Judge Ballou’s resignation.
Lombardo has been in trouble before, having been asked to remove a BLM pin from her clothes in 2016.
“I believe a courtroom is the proper place to make issues about criminal justice. This is not political speech, it’s not supporting a particular candidate,” Ballou said at the time.
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