When Broward County, Fla., Judge John Hurley heard attorney Dale Miller’s defense of a client accused of running from police, he was unable to contain his disdain.
Defendant Steven Clarke was among those arrested Jan. 5 near the scene of a Ft. Lauderdale shooting incident that resulted in a bullet grazing the head of an undercover police sergeant.
“In light of what’s happening in this country with unarmed black men being killed,” Miller suggested, the defendant’s action was “a very reasonable response.”
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Hurley, however, was versed in the specifics of the case and explained that the ongoing racial tensions between law enforcement and the black community had no bearing whatsoever in the case before him.
“I’m not going to let you go down that road,” he said of the public defender’s “off base” argument.
“We’ve got a young man – I don’t care what color he is – he’s in a neighborhood he doesn’t live in at 1:41 in the morning, hiding under somebody’s dock in the water with a holster on after a police officer had a shot taken at him,” the exasperated judge responded. “Don’t hand me this ‘he’s a black man running from police brutality.’ That is not appropriate in this case.”
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Hurley went on to set bond on two separate counts at a combined $200,000.
Following a short break, Hurley returned to the bench and apologized to Miller, explaining the case broke his typical composure.
“I usually maintain a calm, you know,” he said. “But forgive me, once in a while – not too often – I get worked up.”
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