Crowd gathers at courthouse, both sides protest controversial postings - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/21/09

Crowd gathers at courthouse, both sides protest controversial postings

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Despite an apology from County Judge Tom Head, protesters took to the courthouse lawn today. They demand that Judge Head resign from office, but were met with counter protesters who support the judge. Judge Tom Head put up a display earlier this month that included arrest photos of nine people wearing Obama shirts, seven of them black men. Later, he released an apology stating he didn't mean any racial insensitivity by the postings and for bringing reproach on his office.

About 100 people met outside the courthouse today during a peaceful protest organized by the East Northeast neighborhood coalition. Both sides met to talk about Judge Tom Head. Of those who came to protest against the judge about a dozen spoke publicly. Protestors worry he won't give a fair trial to people of color because they feel his postings were racist."How could he possibly be impartial? If I had that up in my classroom I would have been fired the next day I couldn't have even been given the opportunity to resign," says anti-Head protestor Jan Caffey.

About 30 yards away from the gazebo, Judge Head supporters stood holding signs. They say the judge is a man of integrity and represents all of Lubbock County. "I really support him. He's a man of integrity and character and I believe that he didn't intentionally get out to offend anybody," says supporter Missy Acevedo.

Organizers say they weren't expecting as many people to come out in support of Judge Head. He was invited to speak, but did not. Judge Head was in a County Commissioner's meeting inside the courthouse that started at 1:30 p.m. Coming up tonight on NewsChannel at 10 his response to today's protest.

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