Nearly 100 people protest Judge Lemkau
VICTORVILLE • Roughly 100 people gathered outside the Victorville Courthouse early Monday morning to protest against Judge Robert Lemkau, who called a mother a liar when she told him her estranged boyfriend was threatening to kill their son.
Protesters lined up on the sidewalk starting around 8 a.m. asking Lemkau to resign as T.V. cameras and photographers crowded the area.
In January, Katie Tagle warned Lemkau that her former boyfriend, Stephen Garcia, 25, of Pinon Hills, had threatened to kill their son, Wyatt. Despite the warning, Lemkau approved Garcia’s visitation request.
Ten days later, Garcia shot and killed the baby boy and himself.
“This is awesome. I’m really surprised — there’s a lot of people here. I’m really happy about the outcome and the support,” Tagle said.
At the protest, Tagle met mothers who told her that they were having the same problems in court that she was.
“I didn’t realize there were so many people dealing with the same judge (in Victorville) or judges in Rancho Cucuamonga or in Yucaipa or in San Bernardino, but there shouldn’t be this many problems,” Tagle said. “There shouldn’t be this many people going through the same stuff that I went through.”
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Tomoya Shimura may be reached at tshimura@VVDailyPress.com or (760) 955-5368.
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