Former TX Judge Goes Off on ‘Character Assassination’ of Sandra Bland

dewayne charlestonDeWayne Charleston, who previously served as the first black judge in Waller County, Texas, was pretty fired up on CNN this afternoon talking about the death of Sandra Bland and the “character assassination” going on.

Bland died in jail three days after she was arrested during a confrontation with a police officer. Charleston said the focus should be on that and not the “sideshow” about her past.

He called for a completely transparent look into her death, saying, “They’re throwing all this character assassination. It drives me nuts!… It has nothing to do with her.”

Charleston also spoke out about what it was like growing up there in Texas, saying how his mother was forced to give birth in a utility closet. He said there are still segregated cemeteries, so “from the cradle to the grave there’s racism here.”

Watch the full interview below, via CNN:

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