The Las Vegas chapter of the NAACP is a supporter of the local judge who was asked to resign. The local police union made a demand after Judge Ballou made comments to the defendants that the officers viewed as anti- police.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the NAACP said the judge’s words reflected the grim reality for African Americans in Clark County and elsewhere in the US.
The NAACP said that her statements reflected not only her truths but also the community’s truth. People of color and African Americans are more likely to be killed by the police.
Thirty-one percent of the individuals who were shot by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police (LVMPD) officers were Black, according to a local TV station. 10 percent of the population in Nevada is made up of blacks according to the 2020 census.
The NAACP said that nothing in Judge Ballou’s statements were untrue and that the LVPPA’s position on the issue reflected its defensiveness because the truth hurts.
The Las Vegas Police Protective Association said last week that the judge’s comments were unethical and irresponsible.
The allegation was rejected by Ballou. She said in a statement to that she supports proper law enforcement.
Ballou said that the record showed that he communicated with those who appeared before him in a straight forward and understandable manner.
Fearing for the lives of others
During the hearing, what did she say to the person?
Ballou was quoted as saying, “You’re a Black man in America, you know you don’t want to be somewhere where cops are.” You know you want to be somewhere other than where the cops are. I am a middle-aged, middle-class Black woman and I know I don’t. I don’t want to be near the cops because I don’t know if I’m going to walk away alive or not.
The union made a post on the social networking site.
You are a disgrace to the bench, Judge. You have disrespected the robe you are wearing. You need to leave immediately, the union said.
According to official reports, the unnamed defendants allegedly committed battery against the police officer. Prior to this hearing, he had been placed on supervised release. The prosecutors were trying to finish the case.
According to KLAS another local TV station, Ballou agreed that the man had violated his parole. The sentence was lowered after she ended the supervised period. Between 24 and 60 months was how long it was. Between 19 and 48 months is how long it has been.
The NAACP said that Judge Ballou imposed the adequate sentence while counseling the defendant that he should have walked away.
The police union had demanded that Ballou be scrutinized by a judicial ethics investigation.
Last week, Frank Rudy Cooper, who teaches law at UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law, called the situation a shame, and said it was disappointing that the police union thinks it can bully our judges.
Cooper told that Judge Ballou was showing his respect for the feelings of many minorities. If the police union doesn’t like that opinion, they should change it by showing that they care for all of the people. They should not have to bully people who disagree with them.
There is support for social media
Ed posted on the site that she wasn’t telling any lies. Police unions should be held financially responsible for the settlements cities pay out for police misdeeds.
Chris Wood posted on, “I applaud this judge and any other judge trying to make a difference in how the police use their weapons, I am not black but have treated recklessly by the police without giving them reason…thanks judge Ballou!”
Six years ago, Ballou got national attention when she wore a Black Lives Matter button in court. A veteran Las Vegas judge, Douglas Herndon, who now sits on the Nevada Supreme Court, asked her to remove the button. She denied that it was a political act, but eventually took it off.
The police union didn’t respond to additional questions.
The Las Vegas chapter of the NAACP has joined the chorus of supporters who are defending a local judge who was asked to resign. The local police union made the demand after Judge Erika Ballou stated comments to a defendant the officers viewed as anti-police. “People of colour and African Americans in particular are disproportionally killed by police,” the NAACP said.