Ajaco Towing Recovery, a New Jersey towing company, lost its government contract with the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills after one of its employees was caught calling another man the n word, a racist insult , on video.
In the video, posted to Instagram by a user named mr_str8money, police tell a white Ajaco employee to enter his office building as he yells at the man recording the video.
“Get rid of my property!” Shouts the employee. “Get him out of here. Get him out of here,” he told police repeatedly.
“Take your pictures. Stick it on your * ss,” the employee shouts at the man recording the video. “I’m going to drop that bastard,” the employee told police, gesturing to the VCR. “Go ahead. Go ahead, pull the race card,” he said to the recorder.
The man who recorded the video said: “You threatened me right in front of the police. “
The employee replies, “I threatened you. Suck my cock. What the heck? I can say whatever I want. You know why I can? Free speech.”
As the employee begins to walk into the building, he says, “F * ckin ‘ [n-word]. “
The recording man says, “Whoa! He called me [n-word]. He called me a [n-word]…. It is now. I filmed it … If it’s not racial profiling, then what is it? “
The man who recorded the video allegedly had his car towed after he was in an accident, WNBC reported. When the man came to Ajaco to collect his car, he allegedly stayed for an hour and started arguing with the employees after he could not pay the towing bill, the Ajaco owner said, Jason Cleffi.
The man who recorded the video then left and returned with the police. At that point, the argument intensified. The man who recorded the video then threatened the employee, Cleffi said.
The man who posted the video to Instagram included documents that appeared to show he paid to get his car back. Ajaco’s employee has been suspended as the company investigates the incident, Morris County Daily check-in reported.
“Two men got into an argument that should never have happened,” Cleffi told the aforementioned outlet. “I take it very seriously. I have to apologize for the action of my employee, I have to apologize to everyone who has had to go through this. I do not tolerate this.”
After reviewing the video, the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and the Parsippany Police Department decided to no longer use Ajaco Towing with immediate effect, the city government wrote on its Facebook page.
“The racist language used by anyone who works for or with the township is inexcusable and will never be allowed,” the town’s Facebook post said. The city immediately removed the company from its lists of towing companies used for municipal purposes.
Parsippany Police are also carrying out an internal review to ensure their officers have responded correctly during the incident.
According to the U.S. Census, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township is 58.3 percent white and 3.7 percent black.
News week contacted Parsippany Police for comment.