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Kentucky Fire Chief Uses N-Word, Insults Asian-American Reporter (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A fire chief in Bullitt County, Ky., was caught on video using the N-word about a black family and insulting an Asian-American reporter.

A Bullitt County Sheriff deputy's body camera (video below) recorded Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield making the N-word remark back in September, reports WDRB.

"I've got a family of four from Cincinnati, I got to do something with," an unidentified Bullitt County deputy told Chief Hatfield via car radio.

"We ain't taking no n------ here," replies Chief Hatfield who laughs.

When he arrived on the I-65 accident scene, Chief Hatfield offered to change a tire for Loren Dicken, who was driving a pickup truck in the car crash.

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Dicken was also given a ride to hospital and later picked up by firefighters who took him to the firehouse where his car was ready to go, noted RawStory.com.

However, Chege Mwangi, his wife and two children, who are black, were not offered any help by Chief Hatfield or his department.

When WDRB reporter Valerie Chinn, who is Asian-American, recently asked Chief Hatfield questions about financial mismanagement and empty firehouses, he responded, "Do you understand English darling? Do you understand English?"

"Turn that camera off," added Chief Hatfield. "I've asked you that in a nice way. Buddy, call the cops and get them here. I asked you once tonight if you understand English. I'm speaking English."

Chief Hatfield later claimed he didn't recall the incident, but apologized to Chinn.

Sources: RawStory.com, WDRB