Racism in the Luttrell Admin

Below is audio recorded at a meeting of the Shelby County Fire Dept. union about personnel issues. Below the audio is a transcript of what was said in the clip.

The meeting was reportedly presided over by current Chief Dale Burress.

Please note: Some of the language in the audio below is offensive

Transcript From the Union Meeting:
Main: “Personnel is ready to go. The office is ready to go. They’re waiting on the word from the Mayor to say go. The Mayor is investigating the allegations in this letter from the concerned firefighters group…” :17

2nd: “What the hell is the damn allegations about?”
3rd: “It just stated that you cheated.”

4th: “The niggers are too stupid and they cheated on the test…
5th: “The only thing so far out of all the rumors, out of all the allegations, out of all the names that have been named…I’ve talked to all of them. Nothing has been founded. The only thing that is factual and, we’re waiting to get, today I talked to them down there, they’re supposed to be sending a copy so I can review it. Is, Memphis done their test. When Memphis’ test was over, contact Chief Talbert…85-dollars and you can get the Lieutenant’s answer sheet, and a copy of the video. Ok. What my problem was, what was the video? Was that a video of a candidate answering the questions, or was that a video of the actual scenarios?”

The audio above is from a 2003 meeting of the Shelby County IAFF.

Chief Burress, who presided over the meeting was appointed interim Fire Chief earlier this year by Mayor Mark Luttrell.

Its bad enough that a member of the Shelby County Fire Dept. would use a racial slur in addressing his fellow firefighters. What’s worse is the membership involved…which includes current leadership of the force, moved on like nothing happened.

This is unacceptable. If blatant racism is allowed to rear its ugly head openly in meetings, the less obvious kinds of racism will most certainly thrive in this environment…an environment that Shelby County Mayor Luttrell is aware of, and has done nothing in his four years in office to correct.

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