An Oregon court of appeals dismissed a 37-year-old Portland man’s argument that he was convicted of resisting arrest because he hurled the “N-word” at the black police officer who took him into custody.
OregonLive.com said Friday that Joshua Scott Lipka was arrested in 2014 and convicted of resisting arrest, but appealed the conviction on grounds that the jury was prejudiced against Lipka because he used the offensive racial epithet while being driven to jail.
“After his conviction, 37-year-old Joshua Scott Lipka, who is white, argued that the word is so inflammatory that it might have led the jury to brand him a racist and find him guilty even though he didn’t commit the actual crime of resisting arrest,” wrote Aimee Green of The Oregonian.
The three judge Appeals Court panel ruled against Lipka, saying that the epithet showed evidence of the defendant’s animosity toward police, the conviction still stands.
Lipka was reportedly “looking for trouble” on June 30, 2014, when he got into an altercation with Officer Kenneth Huntinghouse and blocked the officer’s car with his body.
He hurled the epithet at Officer Rashida Saunders as she transported him to the Multnomah County Jail.