Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Judge Wendell Griffen on racial bias in law enforcement

Posted By on Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 11:35 AM

click to enlarge GRIFFEN: Blunt words on systemic injustice in law enforcement.
  • GRIFFEN: Blunt words on systemic injustice in law enforcement.
Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen continued to offer outspoken comments on problems of racial bias in law enforcement at a community forum in Jacksonville yesterday, the AP reports

Said Griffen, "It isn't accidental when a white person can commit murder and get arrested safely and a black person can't walk around safely without worrying about being killed."

Gov. Asa Hutchinson also spoke at the forum and touted alternative sentencing courts and prisoner re-entry programs.

Griffen's public statements on everything from the police misconduct to the Little Rock School Board have generated headlines that critics have argued are inappropriate for a judge (some parties before him have unsuccessfully argued that he should recuse). However, as the Judicial Discipline and Disability found in 2007, Griffen's comments are protected speech under the First Amendment. 

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