Chicago Man Charged With Hate Crime After He Slapped, Spit on 79-Year-Old Black Judge, Called Her ‘Rosa Parks’
A Chicago man has been arrested after he assaulted a prominent elderly African-American judge for smoking near him outside of Daley Center on Monday.
Police say 55-year-old David Nicosia got angry when 79-year-old Judge Arnette Hubbard walked past him smoking a cigarette. He began to argue with her then said, “Rosa Parks, move” and spit in her face.
As he walked away, the judge followed him while calling the police. Nicosia then reportedly turned and slapped the judge across the face.
He was arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated battery and a hate crime. He is being held on $90,000 bail.
Hubbard, the first female president of the National Bar Association and Cook County Bar Association, is a well-respected figure around Chicago.
“She’s an icon in our community,” said former Cook County Bar Association President Delores Robinson, noting that she has been one of the most outspoken voices on civil rights and women’s issues and served as an election observer in Haiti and South Africa.
“People of good common sense and decency, people of good hearts should be outraged by this,” Robinson said. “Not just because of who she is but that this happened to anybody.”
“She’s pretty shaken up about it,” Hubbard’s friend Geraldine Simmons said. “I can’t even begin to imagine what she’s going through psychologically. How do you recover from something like that?”
Nicosia, a president at an IT consulting firm, says the incident did not occur as the media has described it.