A Colorado judge has resigned after saying the N-word and using racist language around staffers.
According to CBS News, former Arapahoe County District Court Judge Natalie T. Chase was documented using racist language and using the N-word with her coworker. The incidents were recorded, and now Chase is being recommended discipline as well as censure from the Court.
One of the incidents is from 2020 involving Chase, a former law clerk and a Family Court Facilitator. At the time, the three of them were driving back to work from an event in Pueblo, Colorado.
“Judge Chase is white and the Family Court Facilitator is Black,” the documents read. “On the way back from Pueblo, Judge Chase asked the Family Court Facilitator questions about why Black people can use the N-word but not white people, and whether it was different if the N-word is said with an ‘er’ or an ‘a’ at the end of the word.” The document states “during the conversation, Judge Chase used the full N-word a number of times.”
According to the documents, the facilitator was uncomfortable and “felt angry and hurt by the conversation,” according to the documents. “She has explained that Judge Chase’s use of the full N-word was ‘like a stab through my heart each time,'” however, she did not express herself out of fear of retaliation. In addition, Chase told some of her coworkers that “she would be boycotting the Super Bowl because she objected to the NFL players who were kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality against Black people,” the documents read.
Following the police slaying of George Floyd, Chase voiced in another conversation that she believes “all lives matter” even after an “employee tried to explain the Black Lives Matter movement” to her. Chase has acknowledged that her use of the N-word “does not promote public confidence in the judiciary and creates the appearance of impropriety.” But, she said she did “not intend any racial animus.”