Police: Man in viral video made racist comments to a second person that same day

New Hartford Police confirm a second incident involving the man shown on video making racial slurs in Utica on Saturday.

Posted: Jun 29, 2020 6:29 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2020 10:12 AM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- New Hartford Police say they recieved a report of a second incident involving Barry Wardell, of New Hartford, who was recorded shouting racial slurs and derogatory comments at a Black woman in Utica on Saturday.

After the incident with Jakeila Phillips in Utica, police say the car continued into New Hartford, where Wardell allegedly yelled racist remarks out the window to a Black man walking on the sidewalk on Oxford Road and made a threat of physical harm.

That victim is not yet pursuing charges, according to police.

New Hartford Police also say Wardell called police Saturday night about threats made against him, but no charges have yet come of that report.

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri responded to the video on Monday, saying this individual does not represent the City of Utica or its values.

"The statements and slurs made by this bigoted racist were horrifying and repulsive," Palmieri said. "This type of conduct is completely unacceptable and has no place in our public discourse."

He goes on to say he has the utmost respect and admiration for Phillips, who was subjected to the racist rant.

"The class she demonstrated in the face of such unspeakable hatred is inspiring and should be commended," Palmieri said.

Local community activists and leaders will hold a press conference to talk about this incident on Tuesday, at 1 p.m. on the corner of Genesee Street and Court Street.

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