Black Judge Target of Brooklyn Courthouse Graffiti

The first African-American judge elected to the Brooklyn Surrogate Court—Diana Johnson—was the subject of graffiti found spray painted inside the Brooklyn Courthouse this morning, confirmed a spokesman for Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

The graffiti, found inside an elevator in the courthouse, referenced Johnson and the n-word, according to two readers.

Al Sharpton, Johnson, Markowitz, and others are planning to hold press conference at Borough Hall in Brooklyn at 2 p.m.

UPDATE: Here’s the info about the news conference, sent to me from Markowitz’s office:

Friday, January 25, 2008
2:00 pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall Rotunda
209 Joralemon Street
Council member Leticia James holds news conference with Reverend Al Sharpton, NAACP, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Community Relations Council and elected officials regarding possible bias incident involving Surrogate Court Judge Diana Johnson.
Contact: Council member Leticia James’ Office 718-260-9191


Black Judge Target of Brooklyn Courthouse Graffiti