Paul Sheehan of Dorchester, Mass., threatened NeNe Judge’Mayo, a Black motorcyclist and her husband, and yelled “F*ck that N**ger,” as the cyclists had pulled over in the Adams Village neighborhood to figure out their directions.
Boston Police, who were there due to a separate incident that ended in a car accident nearby, saw Sheehan, age 54,unloading racial slurs and F-bombs on the Black motorcyclists.
He was arrested for disorderly conduct and is due back in court in October.Police are considering investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Meanwhile, Sheehan’s employer, Keolis Commuter Services, which operates the MBTA commuter rail, has removed him from service and may fire him. Sheehan has been a longtime welder for the company.
“As a local employer and a company providing a service to the public, we have absolutely no tolerance for this type of reprehensive conduct or language in or outside the workplace,” said Keolis spokesman Justin Thompson. “The matter is under investigation and we don’t comment on personnel matters.”
Sheehan, in addition to harassing the motorcyclists, pulled on a traffic sign and continued calling Black people “animals shooting in my neighborhood.”
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Local activist and business owner Noah De Amor told Boston media that Sheehan is from the old Dorchester guard that fuels the segregation in the Adams Village community, which is predominantly white.
“”It’s almost like you cross a line in Dorchester and you walk into almost exclusively white neighborhoods all of a sudden — your sense of belonging changes drastically,” he said.