Fire chief pulls a gun on photographer and realtor “due to their skin color”

Apr 2, 2021

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Fire chief pulls a gun on photographer and realtor “due to their skin color”

Apr 2, 2021

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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A fire chief from Alabama recently pulled out a gun on a real estate photographer and a realtor who arrived at the house he was selling. The man claimed that he thought a camera was a gun, he smashed it against the ground, and the victims claim that it was, in fact, all because of the color of their skin.

Jason Rickels is the Fire Chief in Tarrant, Alabama. Realtor Regina Lee and photographer Dwayne Brodie reportedly came to his for-sale home to take some photos before Lee’s client arrived. The realtor told CBS46 that the appointment had been scheduled. However, Rickels saw them through a camera and reportedly called his real estate agent to get them out. “So I’m like well this is scheduled but if the owner doesn’t want me in there then fine we’ll leave immediately,” Lee told CBS46.

But as they were getting in their cars, Rickels arrived. According to the police, he blocked them from leaving, got out of his car, and pulled out a gun. Then he took Brodie’s camera and smashed it. The photographer filmed the aftermath of the incident (mind the strong language):

Regina Lee also posted the story to her social media, explaining what had happened and how it affected her:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CMd1devjt1S/

The realtor said that they identified themselves multiple times. She added that photographers even had their company logos on them. “I feel he didn’t see anything but the color of our skin,” she added.

Rickels denied this and said that he thought they were scam artists. He allegedly thought that Brodie’s camera was a gun, so he pulled out his. I wonder though if he still thought it was a gun when he snatched it and smashed it against the ground? I mean, it’s hard to mix a camera with a gun while you hold it in your hands?

Police didn’t buy Rickels’ arguments and he was arrested. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and second-degree criminal damage to property.

Lee claims that a city official called her after the incident and said that this wasn’t the first time Rickels has been accused of racist actions. The Mayor of Tarrant has refrained from commenting and said that the City isaware of the current situation” and “looking into any violations of City policy.”

[via PetaPixel]

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23 responses to “Fire chief pulls a gun on photographer and realtor “due to their skin color””

  1. John Boyle Avatar
    John Boyle

    Unfollow, goodbye.

    1. Sorin Andrei Avatar
      Sorin Andrei

      John Boyle This is not an airport, no need to announce your departure.

    2. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      John Boyle This isn’t an airport. You don’t need to announce your departure.

    3. Lisa Avatar
      Lisa

      Shut the door on your way out, thanks.

  2. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    What an awful experience for that Realtor and photographer. That’s a work hazard that I’ve never had to consider, but sadly it obviously is for some. I hope that Lee and Brody get some kind of justice from this incident.

    1. Evan Guttman Avatar
      Evan Guttman

      No. Did you read the article?

      This was not the listing agent nor was the photography crew working for the seller.

      This was a random agent that told the real agent that she was bringing a buyer there. Instead she brought an uninsured film crew including a makeup artist to shoot her at the house like this was her listing. Basically they used the house as a free location for a shoot. This is totally not allowed.

      Instead of seeing the realtor and buyer there, the owners saw on their ring doorbell 8 random people carrying duffle bags into their house.

      The actual agent for the house said they were now trespassing and demanded everyone leave.

      When they refused, the owner called her husband and he drove home to get them out of their house.

      These are the facts.

      What is unknown is if the owner was threatened and pulled out a gun. My guess is there were 8 people there refusing to leave and he was.

      What is unknown is why he broke the camera. He claims that he thought it was a weapon. I call bullsh*t and think he was mad and took revenge. He will have to pay for that.

      What is unknown if race had anything to do with it. The crew is claiming this is only about race. But notice they don’t admit any fault that they shouldn’t have been doing what they were doing in the first place nor do they mention that they refused to leave when the broker told them to.

      What would you do if you owned a home full of your belongings and 8 people came in uninvited carrying multiple duffle bags? Then imagine you run home demanding they leave your house and they respond by saying you were being racist.

      When I go to do shoots at people’s home by the actual agent of the homeowner, the owners have full knowledge I am there, i provide them my insurance paperwork, and I make sure all my equipment such as light stands and tripods are softpadded so they don’t scratch the floor. That is the correct method of doing a shoot.

      I hope this realtor loses her license and gets sued by the homeowner for this incident.

      1. Benjamin Avatar
        Benjamin

        Where can I read this article?

      2. Arthur_P_Dent Avatar
        Arthur_P_Dent

        Can you cite your source for this, so we can decide for ourselves?

      3. William James Avatar
        William James

        After insisting on facts, you then write, “”My guess is there were 8 people.” Do you not get the irony of that?
        And apparently, you didn’t read this article either, which says: ” (a)ccording to the police, he blocked them from leaving, got out of his car, and pulled out a gun”. So, he did pull out a gun, and no mention is made of his being threatened.
        The Agent also wrote, “I had permission to be on the property and a scheduled appointment and viewing.”
        Threatened? By a Real Estate agent? Really?

      4. Lisa Avatar
        Lisa

        Then kindly explain why they had an appointment?

  3. Mike Wilson Avatar
    Mike Wilson

    All I needed to read was Alabama. Explains everything.

    1. Bkhuna Avatar
      Bkhuna

      Bigot.

  4. Vincent Yau Avatar
    Vincent Yau

    No shooting?! How Un Americans…..

  5. FrogLuvR Avatar
    FrogLuvR

    Pretty confusing story. Plus why would you let anyone into your house that you do not know. Plus who the heck is James S. Kennedy?

    1. Lisa Avatar
      Lisa

      Why is it confusing? He was selling his house and real estate people WITH and appointment were coming to look at the premises. How is that confusing?

  6. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    Living Alabama I remember this on local news. just another example of a despicable white trash a$$ hat. He did not get away with it.

  7. william murphy Avatar
    william murphy

    JUST LOOK AT THAT FAT PIG. IT’S ALWAYS SOME CLOWN FROM SOME INBRED CRAP HOLE REPUBLICAN SOUTHERN STATE

    1. Bkhuna Avatar
      Bkhuna

      Uberbigot.

  8. Bkhuna Avatar
    Bkhuna

    “I feel he didn’t see anything but the color of our skin”. So now this snowflake is a mind reader.

    1. Lisa Avatar
      Lisa

      You’re the only snowflake I can see.

      1. Bkhuna Avatar
        Bkhuna

        Bigotesse.

  9. William James Avatar
    William James

    Isn’t it great how Americans so often try to solve their problems with a gun? FREE-DUMB!!!

  10. Lisa Avatar
    Lisa

    White racists are jealous when they see rich and successful black people. I think the cross-bred dog of a fire chief should be imprisoned for several years for this, but no doubt a white southern judge will give him a tiny rap on the knuckles and he’ll do it again.