Central Texas prosecutor fired for racial remarks
POSTED: Friday, June 13, 2014 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Friday, June 13, 2014 - 6:14am
Travis Co. prosecutor Steve Brand made the comments last month during jury selection for robbery trial
Austin — The Houston Chronicle is reporting; a Central Texas prosecutor has been fired for comments he made in dismissing a prospective juror who was a member of the NAACP, comparing the juror's membership to white supremacy.
Travis County prosecutor Steve Brand made the comments last month during jury selection for a robbery trial. Transcripts show he rejected the juror because she was an "activist" and had posted on her Facebook page a link to "The Negro Motorist Green Book," a guide to safe travel for African-Americans in the Jim Crow era.
The Austin American-Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/1hLH3gu ) Brand said he would take the same approach with a white juror because "we wouldn't want a white activist or a white supremacist."