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Repairman Mentioned He is Beat Black Veteran in Avondale ‘Like a F***ing Slave’



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Ricky Barnes, a Black Avondale resident and U.S. Air Power veteran, hoped to get the fridge in his storage mounted on the afternoon of January 20. What he received as an alternative was an irate repairman threatening to “beat” him like a “fucking slave.”

And he received it on tape.

Barnes tells Phoenix New Occasions that his fridge had stopped working — it wasn’t protecting objects cool — so he known as his guarantee firm, Choose Dwelling Guarantee, they usually dispatched a technician from the Goodyear-based equipment restore firm J&H Equipment and Microwave Restore to come back out and repair it.

The technician, a white man, arrived at round four p.m. on January 20 and Barnes met him on the entrance door. Barnes received a nasty vibe from him instantly.

“After I opened the door he gave me that appear to be, ‘How can you dwell right here’?” he mentioned. “We get it on a regular basis… It’s nearly like he noticed a Black man and was like ‘huh, what are you doing answering the door.'”

Barnes led the person to the storage. As soon as the storage door was open, the technician seen the two-door E400 Mercedes-Benz automobile that was parked inside and gave Barnes the identical cynical look.

The technician rapidly instructed Barnes that he could not repair the fridge and instructed Barnes as a result of it’s within the storage. Barnes instructed him that he had moved it from his home to the storage and that it was lined by his guarantee firm. Barnes provided to name the corporate to get affirmation that the fridge was lined. They went forwards and backwards concerning the concern “about seven occasions,” with the technician getting progressively agitated earlier than he mentioned, “I am not fixing shit,” in response to Barnes.

Barnes mentioned he felt threatened. He instructed the person to depart his home and that he was going to report him to the guarantee firm. Because the technician was strolling away, he turned to Barnes and mentioned, “I will kick your ass” and “I’ll beat you down like a mom fucking slave,” Barnes mentioned, including that the person repeated the phrase a number of occasions.

When the technician was within the driveway, he circled once more and instructed Barnes, “I will be again” and began approaching him. That is when Barnes grabbed a close-by bathe curtain rod “for cover” and began recording the incident. (He by accident set it to audio-only earlier than activating the video as effectively a second later.)

“I am in worry of my life now. I’ve received my spouse, my two children within the house,” he mentioned.

Within the audio and video recording, which is embedded under, the technician may be heard repeating the racial slur.

Ricky says, “You going to threaten me in my very own home?”

The technician yells, “I’ll beat you want a mom fucking, fucking slave.”

“You going to beat me like a slave? Oh wow,” Ricky responds.

The technician repeats the slur: “I’ll beat you want a fucking slave.”

Barnes may be heard saying, “Why did this firm ship me this trashy mess right here,” and “This motherfucker threatened my life” whereas approaching the technician’s van and filming the automobile’s license plate. The technician then yells at him to get away from the van. They shuttle somewhat extra, with Barnes saying, “I’m in my very own property — that is my property, yeah, get the hell out of right here, don’t be threatening me.”

Ultimately, the technician leaves. Barnes mentioned that at one level in the course of the heated trade, his 9-year-old son heard the yelling and opened the storage door.

“He was making an attempt to come back out. I mentioned ‘get again in the home’,” Barnes mentioned. “No 9-year-old ought to need to expertise that.”

Later, Barnes phoned up the technician’s firm, J&H Equipment and Microwave Restore, to debate the incident. (He additionally recorded these calls.)  He requested the primary one who solutions the corporate’s cellphone line for a supervisor and for the technician’s title. The staffer gave a reputation that gave the impression of “Jared” for the technician, however finally hung up. Barnes known as again and a distinct particular person, who recognized himself as a supervisor named Invoice answered the cellphone. Invoice refused to offer Barnes the technician’s title and argued with him about whether or not or not the guarantee covers repairs for Barnes’ fridge.

In direction of the top of the cellphone name, Barnes brings up the technician’s conduct.

“You guys comply with the rules, however does that imply as soon as your technician comes into my house, does that imply he must disrespect me as soon as he involves my house,” he mentioned.

Invoice famous that Barnes grabbed a pole and approached the technician, who had taken an image of Barnes.

“You’re fortunate the technician didn’t name the police on you,” he commented.

“What your technician isn’t telling you is he mentioned he was going to beat me like a slave. That’s why I grabbed the pole,” Barnes mentioned.

Ultimately, Invoice ended the dialog after referring Barnes again to the guarantee firm.

Barnes filed a report with the Avondale Police Division. He now has lawyer Garrick McFadden serving to him, and assist from neighborhood members who plan to carry a rally demanding justice due to the incident on Monday at Avondale Metropolis Corridor.

In line with a duplicate of the police report, which McFadden offered to New Occasions, a neighbor interviewed by the responding police officer mentioned she “noticed her neighbor arguing with a restore man” and that she overheard the restore man say, “I’ll beat you down like a slave.”

The officer finally known as up the technician’s employer, J&H Equipment and Microwave Restore and received ahold of the technician, who recognized himself as “Peter” and confirmed that he was the technician concerned within the incident.

“Peter suggested me there was a disagreement with the house owner as he was declining service because of the fridge being positioned within the storage and didn’t wish to pay further costs. Peter acknowledged the house owner received mad, pointed his finger in the direction of Peter’s face and Peter discontinued service by leaving the
residence,” the police report reads. “Peter then acknowledged the house owner grabbed a pole from the storage and tried to go after him.”

The technician denied that he used racial slurs in the course of the cellphone name with the officer, and mentioned that he had a witness “inside his van,” however didn’t present any details about that particular person. The officer inquired concerning the {photograph} that he had reportedly taken of Barnes with the rod, however then Peter “disconnected the cellphone name.”

“Peter didn’t wish to present his full title, solely recognized himself as ‘Peter’,” the report states.

William Penny, a detective with the Avondale Police Division, instructed New Occasions that he’s investigating the case and that it’s nonetheless lively. He declined to remark additional. An try to achieve the technician at J&H Equipment and Microwave Restore, weren’t profitable.

Barnes mentioned that he and his son are going to “counseling” on account of the incident. He additionally mentioned that he fears for his life as a result of the technician hasn’t been arrested but.

“This man continues to be strolling the streets of Arizona, he mentioned. “I consider the police division has sufficient data to arrest this particular person. I am identical to, ‘wow, how is he in a position to stroll round.'”

As for the technician’s firm, Barnes mentioned that they’re complicit.

“If any firm goes to attempt to shield anybody who has used racial slurs, [they] are simply as equal as the person who got here by my house,” he mentioned. “I can’t consider that administrative center is in operation.”

The rally is scheduled for 1 p.m. on February 1, the primary day of Black Historical past Month. Members of the West Valley NAACP, plan to be there, together with civil-rights activists together with Reverend Reggie Walton and Pastor Warren H. Stewart, Jr.

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