PLAQUEMINE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – Edwin Reeves Jr., the mayor of Plaquemine denies calling a UPS worker a racial slur.
“The guy said I didn’t say it, I said I didn’t say it, I don’t know how it ended up in the police report. But I’m very disappointed that it’s there,” Reeves says.
Reeves says all of this started after he confronted a UPS driver for driving too fast on flooded streets after a storm. Residents complained that the UPS worker’s driving was forcing more water into already flooded homes. When Reeves confronted the truck, he said things escalated but he did not use a slur.
“After I asked them what the ‘F’ were they doing, I said I oughta pull your black a** out that truck and whip your a**,” Reeves says. ” If they’d been white I would have said get your white a** out that truck and that’s a fact. That’s the only racial slur I used and im sorry for it.”
The police report reads that two ups drivers say Reeves ” was yelling and cursing in their face and made some racial slurs.” It also says that “UPS workers claim he used the N- word.” Oscar Mellion, a city council member for the city of Plaquemine, says this statement isn’t true.
“I can only take at face value for what that young man said to all of us in that room..He categorically denied that the mayor ever used the n-word.”
Raheem Pierce, a councilman for Iberville Parish district 6, says even if the mayor didn’t use the n-word. It was still unacceptable.
“As an elected official we all should learn how to control our anger.”
The Plaquemine Police Department are investigating the incident as a simple assault. None of the drivers involved have given a proper statement confirming or denying the word was used.