Texas judge to undergo sensitivity training after a racist Facebook post.
On Nov. 21 last year a Texas judge James Oakley wrote on Facebook “time for a tree and a rope”, commenting the post about the arrest of Otis Tyrone McKane, accused of killing detective Benjamin Marconi. The judge faced immediate criticism from many who considered the comment a reference to lynching and the incident became a local, national and international news story.
Oakley was officially reprimanded as he “cast reasonable doubt on his capacity to act impartially,” and willfully acted in a way that discredited the judiciary. “Multiple Complainants also questioned Judge Oakley’s suitability for judicial office, and expressed doubts that he could perform his duties impartially,” the reprimand said.
As a result of the incident, the Texas judge will be required to complete a 30-hour training program for new judges and participate in four hours of racial sensitivity training with a mentor.
It’s not the first time judge Oakley demonstrates racist attitudes and openly calls for applying violence to Black suspects. We sincerely don’t believe that any punishment except dismissal will help him reconsider his views.