A Chicago business owner slapped a 79-year-old African American woman, spat in her face, and called her “Rosa Parks,” after becoming angry that she had the audacity to smoke near him outside the Daley Center–and to his dismay, it turned out his victim was a judge.
Cook County prosecutors said that Judge Arnette Hubbard was enjoying a cigarette when she walked past David C. Nicosia, who became incensed that she was smoking near him. Nicosia initiated an argument with Judge Hubbard, got “in-your-face” with the elderly woman, and said, “Rosa Parks, move.” Then he spat on her, according to prosecutors. Nicosia then walked away, but Hubbard followed him and called out for assistance.
The totally not racist white guy then turned and slapped the Judge on the left side of her face, according to prosecutors. Nicosia was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies and charged with four counts of aggravated battery and a hate crime.
According to former president of the Cook County Bar Association Delores Robinson, Hubbard is “an icon in our community,” and has been a longtime leading voice on civil rights and women’s issues.