[America 2016….] Kentucky fire chief refuses to help black family after traffic accident: “We ain’t taking no n–gers here”

Kentucky fire chief refuses to help black family after traffic accident: “We ain’t taking no n–gers here”

Julius Hatfield also reportedly asked derogatory questions of an Asian-American reporter

Topics: Julius Hartfield, Kentucky, n-word, Racism, Racist, Video, WDRB, ,

Kentucky fire chief refuses to help black family after traffic accident: "We ain't taking no n--gers here"Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hartfield (Credit: WDRB)

A Kentucky law enforcement official is under fire this week after footage of his deeply racist comments was made public on Tuesday. In September, Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield was recorded on a Bullitt County Sheriff deputy’s body camera during a response to a traffic accident, when Hatfield allegedly refused to help a black family while referring to them in derogatory, racist terms.

“Well, I’ve got a family of four from Cincinnati, I got to do something with,” the Bullitt County deputy says in the footage, which was obtained by WDRB.

“We ain’t taking no n–gers here,” Hatfield responded, laughing.

The footage also reveals the fire chief helping the other man involved in the traffic incident, Loren Dicken, who is white. According to WDRB, after Hatfield went out of his way to assist Dicken with a tire issue, the chief also had his firefighters pick the man up from the hospital when he was released.

But Hatfield was reportedly less than helpful for the other driver involved in the accident, Chege Mwangi, who is black. Mwangi told WDRB reporter Valerie Chinn that Hartfield suggested he, his wife and two children contact Triple A for assistance, before asking for registration and proof of insurance. When Chinn, who is Asian-American, contacted Hartfield to ask about the alleged disparities in his treatment of the two families as well as possible mismanagement of his department, the fire chief offered a startling (also racist) response.

“Do you understand English, darling?” Hatfield said. “Do you understand English?”

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Chinn reports that Hatfield later apologized for repeatedly asking her if she speaks English, and claimed that he did not remember using the N-word to describe the Mwangi family.

Watch WDRB’s coverage of Hatfield comments below:

Jenny Kutner

Jenny Kutner is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on sex, gender and feminism. Follow @jennykutner or email jkutner@salon.com.

One thought on “[America 2016….] Kentucky fire chief refuses to help black family after traffic accident: “We ain’t taking no n–gers here”

  1. Obviously the 21st century has not reached the brains of this fire0chief!
    When this information is true, then the Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield is fitting for being qualified as the Most Backward Idiot alive in 2016!

    Apart from the footage showing the Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield actually saying what he denies when asked about it, which shows the man is lying, asking reporter if she talks english is a matter of insult and showing clear racism!

    This man is to be fired at once, being arrested and being dismissed as in 2016 racists are to be dealth with: treated like the venom they are: eradicated!

    In 2016 it is unacceptable that anyone is saying what this man is saying, let alone it being said by an official!
    When this is normal thinking and a normal attitude among the officials of southeast Bullitt in Kentucky then in my opinion this racist town should either be re-educated, be eradicated from the earth, or be collectively punished by for instance removing subsidies and other financial benefits!

    In 2019 there is no place for racism and racist remarks, when someone feels racism is fitting in 2016 they must(!) move themselves to places outside America, to places were this sort of attitude is normal!

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