SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA) – A Simi Valley city official is facing calls for his resignation after a social media post in which he referred to the use of hoses on protesters as a solution to end the rioting and unrest across much of Southern California.

Mayor Pro Tem Mike Judge posted the meme on his Facebook page Monday, which read, “Wanna stop the riots? Mobilize the septic tank trucks, put a pressure cannon on ’em, and hose ’em down. The end.”

Judge – who is also 30-year veteran with the LAPD – said the meme was a joke meant to poke fun at the face mask debate.

He wrote a caption at the top of the meme that read, “This is brilliant. It will also enforce the mask rule.”

“That’s all I wanted to do, was make fun of the mask wearing but obviously people didn’t take it that way,” he said. “I don’t think I did anything wrong, except maybe post a joke that was in bad taste.”

Simi Valley Mayor Pro Tem Mike Judge (credit: CBS)

Judge’s social media pages have been flooded with comments from people critical of his post, with one person pointing out the hoses used on black protesters in the 1960s, to which Judge replied, “Are you equating the peaceful protests of the ’60s with the rioting and looting of today?”

One Simi resident who asked not to be identified told CBS2’s Kristine Lazar she was concerned that Judge’s post could put protesters in harm’s way.

“If a city councilman is going to talk about hosing down protesters, what’s to say that the people that follow him aren’t going to do the same thing?” she said.

Simi Valley Councilwoman Ruth Luevanos – who last year was at the center of another racially charged controversy after she referred to border detention centers as “concentration camps” – was also concerned about Judge’s comments.

“The fact that he referenced hoses to stop an African American protest shows that he doesn’t know anything about civil rights history in this country, and that he has a lack of consideration or empathy for our African American community,” said Luevanos.

Judge – who dismisses any accusations that he is a racist and says he respects the right to protest – said he doesn’t believe Simi Valley should host a scheduled protest this weekend.

“We have gotten a bad rap because of the Rodney King trial, and I think it puts us in a cross hair and I think drawing more attention to us is not a good idea,” he said.

LAPD confirmed they were aware of Judge’s posts and that internal affairs is reviewing them.

Comments (21)
  1. Michael Diersing says:

    This isn’t the first time Mike Judge’s sense of humor’s been in question. https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-xpm-2013-may-08-la-me-ln-simi-valley-councilman-facebook-20130508-story.html

  2. Anonymous says:

    Look at Luevanos carrying anti-police signs earlier. Hardly becoming for a council person

  3. Phil A says:

    What a jerk!

  4. Charles says:

    I live in Simi Valley and this jerk should be kicked out of office. Wow this is such a stupid statement … He lacks in awareness of the difficulties and is not sensitive to the plight of others.

    1. Sandy says:

      I agree with you Charles, Just what we need with a peaceful protest scheduled. We need to vote him gone.

  5. Jen says:

    Ruth is the real enemy of the people of Simi Valley. She rather put us at risk, to further her political career.

    1. Sandy says:

      Is Ruth not allowed her right to freedom of speech? I applaud her taking a stand against racism here in Simi Valley.

  6. John Aitchison says:

    Whatever happened to free speech? Drew Brees gets chastised for supporting the flag. Mark Zuckerberg faces strikes when he refuses to take down Trump’s tweets. If you don’t like it, vote against Judge, or whatever, but let them speak. The press is becoming one big “safe place” and “insensitive” remarks are called racist.

    1. dsf says:

      We didnt even get to vote for him. He does not represent us and needs to be kicked out by the same people who put him in.

    2. Gerald Paglucio says:

      The BRILLIANCE of your IGNORANCE is BLINDING

  7. Cecilie Claborn says:

    This is what racism is

  8. Merrow says:

    Say something offensive and awful, then step back and claim “I was just joking.” That is the catch phrase for abusive gaslighters everywhere. Not buying it.

  9. Chuck G says:

    Dear CBS editors, YOU folks owe Mr Judge a HUGE APOLOGY for your lack of simple fact checking. Where did Mr Judge, “…he referred to the use of hoses on protesters”??? NO WHERE! The meme he resposted clearly states “RIOTS”. That means RIOTERS. I’m disgusted by your distastefully reporting of false news.

  10. Kathy Lewinski says:

    simi is a white cop town. i hope the police can be professional and rein themselves in.

  11. Arnold Ross says:

    It’s interesting to note: His joke mentioned hosing down RIOTERS, it never said blacks, or protesters! However the people interviewed all are saying that he was advocating the hosing down of Blacks and Protesters, but it didn’t say that, notice how this got twisted? If rioters were out to destroy your business,(I don’t matter what color they happen to be) and they could be stopped with hoses, I’d say that would be better and safer for everyone than using bullets! Or would you prefer to sit back and than to let them destroy your town, and do nothing? Let me ask you all, how do you prefer to stop rioters?
    Do you think the rioters don’t care about your life and property?

  12. The prevailing attitude amongst the “it’s okay” crowd seems to be that Judge was “only” referring to “rioters”. Since Mr. Judge explains that there is no such thing as a “peaceful protest”, EVERYONE at a protest would be a rioter, right? Ask yourself why is it “okay” to do if they are rioters?? BTW, this is not the first time Mr. Judge has made racially charged statements. This man does not represent all of Simi Valley and should not hold ANY public office.

  13. Arnold Ross says:

    Get it strait! The joke was aimed at RIOTERS! NOT PROTESTERS! You are clearly out to smear a good man by twisting the truth! Why did discourage the protests? Because he cares for the city, knowing the risks were very high for conflicts due to the past history of the Rodney King trials. It don’t take a genius to know that the risks were there. Thank God the protests were peaceful, But you need to understand a man with 30yrs experience in law enforcement is going to have better insight than many of who don’t understand just how things really could have been.
    He is the kind of guy I want in my corner, just look at the destruction that happened in so many other cities, do you want that in yours?

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