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Lubbock GOP calls for Constable Jody Barnes' resignation after allegations of racist remarks

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The Lubbock County Republican Party is calling for the resignation of Lubbock County Precinct 2 Constable Jody Barnes. Barnes is accused of making racist remarks at Lubbock County Christmas party in December 2018.

"In light of the recent allegations of misconduct directed at Lubbock County Precinct 2 Constable Jody Barnes, as highlighted in the attached Lubbock County Human Resources report and featured in an article posted on lubbocklights.com, the Lubbock County Republican Party hereby condemns the actions of Constable Barnes and calls for his immediate resignation.

"The Lubbock County Republican Party strives to hold our elected officials accountable and will not tolerate the type of conduct exhibited by Constable Barnes," Steve Evans, Chairman of the Lubbock County Republican Party, said.

High Plains Pundit confirmed on Wednesday that no official action has been taken against Barnes. The allegations of Barnes' racist remarks surfaced after an article was published on Lubbock Lights.

Barnes is said to have offered a Justice of the Peace clerk a free CHL class so she could be a “can shooter.”

"At a December 2018 Christmas Party, held during business hours and on county time, Constable Barnes offered one of the Justice of the Peace Pct 2 clerks (apparently not all of them) a free CHL class. The clerk resisted but Barnes persisted. He told her she could be a 'can shooter.'

"The constable, being quite the silver-tongued devil, explained 'a can shooter shoots Mexicans and Africans.'

"According to the George report, when confronted about the matter, Barnes shoved a chair so hard it damaged the wall. I wonder who paid for that?

"Barnes’s defense? A predictable variant of the 'some of my best friends are Africans and Mexicans' excuse," Lubbock Lights associate editor L. Scott Mann wrote in his article.

Mann was referencing a written report by Greg George, Lubbock County Human Resources Director. In the report, Barnes is accused of saying he could help someone become a can shooter with a gun — as in, someone who can shoot Mexicans and Africans.

Barnes claims that George's report is not completely factual, including the portion stating the Constable damaged the wall with a chair.

"I went in there and I told him the same exact words I told you. I am not going to repeat what anybody said, what I said I'm not going to repeat anything that was said in there, I understand that what was said shouldn't have been done and the action shouldn't be repeated and then we parted ways," Barnes said.

Barnes went on to accuse George of lying about the incident in the report.

"Greg George did not tell the truth and I don't know why, but that never happened," Barnes said.

Barnes also claims that the public is only hearing about this incident because Lubbock Lights' L. Scott Mann has a "personal vendetta" against him.

"That coincides with the person who released this information is having a personal vendetta against me and purposefully lying about me on at least three other occasions that I can prove," Barnes said.

Barnes said he does not intend to resign because of these accusations.

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