A man accused of stabbing a passenger as he exited a Lynx bus is Orlando denied the assistance of what he referred to as a “negro public defender.”
Thomas Thorpe, 51, appeared before a judge and refused to have the black lawyer, or any public defender for that matter, represent him.
“I said not guilty — I pleaded not guilty and I don’t want this negro standing next to me,” Thorpe told the judge. “I don’t want a negro standing next to me.”
The judge expressed some concerns about Thorpe’s mental health and he is now being watched as he sits in jail on attempted first-degree murder charges with no bond.
Racism and prejudice is alive and well.
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