LOUISVILLE, KY — In an age where Melanoid people are being deprived of receiving justice–oftentimes because of juries that don’t represent them demographically–one Black judge has taken matters into his own hands bucking this trend .
Last week, Judge Olu Stevens halted a drug trial and dismissed the entire jury due to the fact that there were no Black people on the panel. This hasn’t been the only time that this has happened. According to Louisville’s WDRB 41, Mr. Stevens dismissed a jury panel of a theft trail last November and had this to say about his decision:
There is not a single African-American on this jury and (the defendant) is an African-American man. I cannot in good conscience go forward with this jury.
Jefferson County–the county in Kentucky where Louisville is located–has maintained a notorious track record of Black people being misrepresented by juries who don’t look like them.
As expected, white supremacists are enraged, calling for the removal of Judge Stevens from his seat as the judge of the Jefferson Circuit Court. They have even put together a Facebook page, titled “Olu Stevens Needs to be Fired“. At this current time, the page already has nearly 1400 likes. A change.org petition has also been created for them to show their disapproval of the judge.