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More Civil Rights Groups Asking For Harris County Judge’s Resignation Over Racial Comments

They say State District Judge Michael McSpadden showed contempt toward African Americans

The Greater Houston Coalition For Justice has joined the ACLU and the NAACP in asking State District Judge Michael McSpadden to resign.

It comes after McSpadden told the Houston Chronicle that black defendants get bad advice from quote “rag-tag organizations” like Black Lives Matter, which he said encourages contempt for the police.

“It’s a judge and a jury bundled into one,” Johnny Mata, presiding officer of the Greater Houston Coalition For Justice, said. “And it shows contempt towards Afro-American defendants.”

Last week, several civil rights organizations, including Black Lives Matter and the Texas Organizing Project, filed a complaint about McSpadden with the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct.

It includes a call for investigating more than 30 other judges who the Chronicle found required magistrates to deny no-cash bonds.

Our attempts to reach McSpadden were unsuccessful.

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