Shepherdsville Mayor denies accusation that he made racist remarks
Assistant police chief claims he, two others overheard comments
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis repeatedly used racial slurs to refer to African-Americans, a police officer alleges in documents released Wednesday.
Lt. Col. Dan Patchin of the Shepherdsville Police Department claims that in August 2012 he heard Ellis “talk about black people and referred to them as ‘N-----s,’” according to investigative records from the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office related to a misdemeanor prostitution charge against Ellis. The case was dismissed last November.
The mayor “went on to say that the (sic) thought that every ‘N-----’ born should be injected with Cycle Cell (sic) so that they could not reproduce,” Patchin wrote in a four-page timeline of his interactions with Ellis.
Ellis vehemently denied making those comments in an interview at his office on Wednesday.
“I do not use those words. No. No. Do not use those words,” he said.
“I never use the n-words,” he added. “I don’t like people using those words. So I won’t even use them.”
Ellis’ alleged remarks, on August 9, 2012, took place in front of Patchin, Shepherdsville Police Chief Doug Puckett and Carmen Nace, the police department’s office manager, according to Patchin's account.
A day later, Nace told Patchin that “she felt very uncomfortable” with Ellis’ statements and “stated that she was afraid that some of the people whom would be considered for the clerks’ position might not get a fair interview from the Mayor because they are not white,” Patchin wrote.
Patchin and Nace declined to comment on Wednesday. Puckett said he didn’t recall Ellis making those remarks.
“I have no recollection of it. I mean, four years ago. … Wow," Puckett said.
Asked if he remembered Ellis ever using the n-word, Puckett said, “No, not that I can recall. … I just can’t imagine him doing that, but I mean, I’m not going to say, you know, if Col. Patchin had notes about it. I don’t keep notes of things like that.”
“To tell you the truth, I cannot remember that any conversation like that (took place) and I really don’t remember the mayor ever making a comment using the n-word,” Puckett said.
In August 2013, Patchin also claims he heard Ellis complain about the police because “there were a bunch of ‘monkies on the street and that we needed to get them back in their cages before crime goes up’ (sic) he went on to state that ‘when crime goes up is because of those n-----s.’”
Patchin, Shepherdsville’s assistant police chief, kept detailed notes of his interactions with Ellis from August 2012 until March 2015, according to the evidence released Wednesday.
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