Loudon City Councilmember Johnny James

Loudon City Council Member Johnny James

*A city council member in Loudon, Tennessee was caught using the N-word and threatening to kill a man during a 911 call earlier this month that was recently made public.

According to the police report, Johnny James, who also owns a wrecker service, called 911 because a man wouldn’t pay what he owed. The report says when James approached the man’s truck, he kicked James in the face. That’s when the man began fighting.

On the recording, James tells the 911 operator, “If you don’t get 941 down here on Bright Road, you’re going to have one deceased black n****r down here.

The operator asked if James had any weapons in his car.

James says, “No, I don’t need a weapon to beat him to death with.”

James told Local 8 News he is not prejudiced and has friends of all races.

“It’s probably not the proper way to act as a city official, but I wasn’t acting as a city official,” he said. “I was acting as a guy that owns a body shop. I had three people helping me and I had to pay them.”

He added, “I regret it. I wish it never happened, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I can’t change what the past is. He kept agitating me until he pushed me to the limit. He pushed me further than I want to be pushed.”

James says if people don’t like it, they can take share their opinion in the polls next election day.

The mayor of Loudon spoke to Local 8 News off camera. He said the incident was a business matter, not a city matter and there’s no need to take action.

Watch the news report below: