A Chicago man is accused of slapping and spitting a 79-year-old judge, then he calls her "Rosa Parks." As New York Daily News reports, David C. Nicosia allegedly attacked Judge Arnette Hubbard twice for smoking next to him outside the Daley Center on Monday.
The African-American judge called for assistance soon afterward. Nicosia wound up spitting and slapping the judge again before Cook County Sheriff's deputies took him into custody. The 55-year-old white man is being charged with four counts of aggravated battery and a hate crime. He's being held on $90,000 bail.
Judge Hubbard is the first female president of the National Bar Association and Cook County Bar Association, which are both black lawyers' groups, according to Chicago Tribune, the source highly cited in this story.
Hubbard was allegedly slapped by David C. Nicosia on the left-side of her face with an open hand. He spit in her face after their ensuing argument. Nicosia grew angry that the Law Division judge walked past him smoking a cigarette.
Past president of the organization, Delores Robinson, told the Tribune that Arnette Hubbards is an "icon" in their community. She's outraged at the this man who attacked the judge and said she made a "Rosa Parks move." She says:
"People of good common sense and decency, people of good hearts should be outraged by this. Not just because of who she is but that this happened to anybody."
Why would this man go to the extreme by spitting and slapping the judge? The "Rosa Parks" comment is just as baffling to many.