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Alderman called racial slur

By Jon Erickson
Published On: Aug 01 2013 09:26:27 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 01 2013 10:14:19 PM CDT
NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

New Bern Alderman Victor Taylor received a voicemail this week in which he was called the n-word and, Taylor believes, was threatened.

“Hello n-----,” the voicemail begins.

“You might be an alderman now, but you won't be an alderman (inaudible) long.”

The caller then hung up the phone.

“I take it as a threat,” Taylor said.

Taylor said he received the message sometime between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday.

His phone was off, so a caller ID number was not available.

The second-ward alderman is running for re-election in October.

Taylor filed a report and police are investigating, according to New Bern Police spokesperson Lieutenant Ronda Allen.

Taylor said he received offensive phone calls several years ago from a man in Newport; that person was warned and stopped calling, Taylor said.

Before this voicemail, Taylor had never been called the n-word.

He has no idea who left the message, he said.