Mercer University has severed ties with an adjunct professor who was reportedly caught on tape last week attacking two U.S. Army Reserve captains—one of whom is pregnant.
The Atlanta Journal-Consitution reports that Judy Tucker, 71, was criminally charged following an altercation at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen in Macon. Officers who responded to the restaurant were met by Stephanie Mitchell, who claimed she and Treasure Sharpe were backing into a parking space when the woman’s son, Robbie Tucker, allegedly told them to learn how to park and called them an expletive.
A report obtained by the newspaper stated that Sharpe responded by telling Tucker’s son to “shut the f**k up.” Sharpe and Mitchell claimed they went into the restaurant and Robbie followed them in and called them “black lesbian b***hes,” according to WMAZ.
Mitchell is reportedly the person seen in the video trying to calm things down. However, things appear to escalate when Judy realizes she’s being filmed, leading her to lunge at and strike Sharpe in the face.
“First of all, look at me! I’m pregnant! Look at me—You’re pushing a pregnant lady!” Sharpe can be heard telling Judy amid the scuffle.
“Oh really? By her?” Judy’s son quips.
Judy is then heard saying that her husband is handicapped. However, the husband isn’t seen during the video.
Patrons are seen separating Judy, Robbie, and Judy’s daughter from the two women before the trio are kicked out.
Deputies wrote that Judy Tucker was the “the primary aggressor” and that cell phone video didn’t show Mitchell and Sharpe doing anything wrong. WMAZ reported that technical issues prevented police from accessing the restaurant’s surveillance footage.
The tail end of the video catches police arresting a crying Judy outside the restaurant. Judy’s daughter, who Hollywood Unlocked identified as Angie, can be heard telling police that she had “10 big black guys on her.” An officer responds, “We saw the whole thing,” likely referring to cell phone video that calls her account into question.
The Associated Press reported that Judy was released after posting $650 bond. Her son and daughter haven’t been charged for Saturday’s altercation. However, police wrote that they’re investigating and additional charges could be forthcoming.
“We were appalled by the behavior of the individuals who confronted the two female service members,” Cheddar’s corporate office said in a statement issued to the news station.
“Such behavior flies in the face of our values and those individuals are no longer welcome in our restaurant.”
On Tuesday, Mercer University issued a statement explaining that Judy “occasionally” taught art classes there and that they will no longer employ her services in light of Saturday’s scuffle.
University spokesperson Kyle Sears said, “She has occasionally taught an art class in the past, but will not be teaching at Mercer in the future.”
[Featured Image: Twitter video screengrab; Judy Tucker/Bibb County Sheriff’s Office]