MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Wisconsin state senator accused of using offensive language in an argument with a bank teller criticized a "rush to judgment" against her and says she won't quit.
Lena Taylor accused the media and the Milwaukee Police Department of racism in an appearance Wednesday with supporters. The Milwaukee Democrat faces a disorderly conduct citation after witnesses said she called a Wells Fargo bank teller a "good house (N-word)" in a dispute over cashing a check. Both Taylor and the teller are black.
Taylor again disputed those accounts and said she used a different word that's similar to "Negro." She says she often refers to friends as "my kind of Negro."
She says the incident "does not speak to my character and who I am."