County Judge James Oakley is under fire after posting to Facebook calling for a lynching after seeing the mugshot of a black suspect accused of killing a police officer.
“Time for a tree and a rope,” Oakley wrote under Otis Tyrone McKane’s mugshot in a Facebook post, according to the Austin Statesman.
McKane was arrested on Monday for the death of police Det. Benjamin Marconi. Marconi was shot and killed while sitting in his cruiser at a traffic stop.
Larry Landaker of PEC Truthwatch was able to capture the comment in a screenshot before Oakley took it down, and it has sparked considerable backlash.
“What Mr. Oakley suggested was racist. A sitting County Judge in Texas has suggested that a black man accused of a crime in Houston, TX should be lynched,” Landaker wrote.
“Do the members and employees of PEC agree with Mr. Oakley’s statement? Do the people of Burnet County? I trust they do not agree. I hope they believe America to be a nation of laws and due process. The accused is entitled to a defense before a jury, however heinous the accusations against him may be.”
“This is not political correctness. It is racism in its rawest form and it is offensive. This cannot become the new norm.”