Friday night Baton Rouge resident, Kaneitra Johnson visited Sammy’s Grill with several classmates. While at the restaurant Johnson had a horrible incident she detailed in a telephone interview. She encountered Judge Mike Erwin who serves on the bench in the 19th JDC in East Baton Rouge.
According to Johnson there was a two hour wait for her party to be seated. The group decided to stand at the bar during the wait.
While at the bar, Johnson says they struck up a conversation with a Lyft driver who was seated at the bar.
“He was sitting and I was standing that entire time. He stepped away to the restroom so I sat in the seat until he got back, ” said Johnson. “When he got back I asked if he wanted to have his seat back and he said ‘No. I’m about to go any way.’ But before I leave I do need my jacket. “
Johnson says she and the driver share the seat until he leaves. “I’m halfway on the seat and the Lyft driver is on the other half of the seat. Then he asked for his jacket. All of a sudden I hear this older man behind me tell the Lyft driver, ‘You never give up your seat for a n*gger.’”
Johnson later learned that the man hurling the racial slur was Judge Mike Erwin.
As Johnson and the driver sat side by side, the older man continues, “You should have made her get her fat n*gger a** up.”
The driver says, “Well, this is my seat while I’m sitting in the seat. When I’m not in the seat it should be anyone’s seat.”