A Kentucky fire chief is under scrutiny after video surfaced of him using the n-word at the scene of a recent traffic accident, the New York Daily News reports.
Southeast Bullitt, Ky., Fire Chief Julius Hatfield, whose department is being audited by the state over allegations of financial mismanagement, can be heard using the n-word on body-cam footage recorded by a Bullitt County Sheriff’s deputy, the report says.
On the footage of the traffic accident that occurred in September on Interstate 65, Hatfield is seen offering help to a White driver, the news site writes, citing a report at WDRB-TV.
“We ain’t taking no [n**gers] here,” he says to a Bullitt County Sheriff’s deputy at the site of a car crash involving an African-American family and a white man, according to body-cam footage obtained by WDRB-TV.
“You got a jack, ain’t you?” Hatfield asked. “If you show me where them things is at, I’ll get my guys to start changing the tire for you,” he tells the driver, who gets loaded into an ambulance and taken to a local hospital.
The other car contained an African-American couple from Ohio and their two children. Hatfield tells them to call AAA for help. Driver Chege Mwang told the station he was treated differently than the other motorist, but didn’t think anything of it at the time because he and his family were not hurt.
During a later interview with WDRB-TV, Hatfield said he did not recall the crash or making the statement, adding, “sometimes there is a slip of the tongue.”