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Newly obtained video of Southeast Bullitt Fire Department chief raises questions of racism

When WDRB raised questions about mismanagement within a local fire department, it brought new information that raises questions of racism. Now, Valerie Chinn has uncovered shocking new video of Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield.

Video from a Bullitt County Sheriff’s deputy’s body camera shows Hatfield’s department responding to a car accident on I-65, south of the Clermont exit in September.

“Well, I’ve got a family of four from Cincinnati, I got to do something with,” the Bullitt County deputy said in the video.

Hatfield replied, “We ain’t taking no n—— here.” Then he laughs.

The partially censored expletive was a derogatory racial term.

Hatfield — seen in a yellow shirt — offers to help Loren Dicken, whose pickup truck was involved in the crash.

“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.”

“That’s alright,” Dicken said.

“It will save you a bill,” Hatfield said.

Dicken was taken to the hospital and released. Then, according to the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department, firefighters picked him up and took him to the firehouse where his car was waiting for him.

But it’s a very different story for the other driver. Chege Mwangi, his wife and two children, were in the other car involved in the crash.

“We don’t have Triple A,” Mwangi said.

“No Triple A?” the deputy asked. “Okay…Who is driving?”

“Me,” Mwangi replied.

 

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