Police arrest American national caught on camera beating, insulting hotel staffer
Jimmy L. Taylor also spat on police officers and attempted to disarm one them after they had been called in to handle his unruly behavour
KAMPALA | An American national who repeatedly punched and called a hotel staffer in Ugandan capital of Kampala a b**ch and wh**re has been taken into custody, Police said.
Kampala Metropolitan Police said Jimmy L. Taylor was caught on CCTV camera of Grand Imperial Hotel in the city centre punching and humiliating a hotel employee.
The vile American, believed to be in his late 60s, repeatedly hurled expletives at the staffer, who is seen dodging the punches without fighting back.
Not done, Taylor would later turn his fury on police officers who were called in to deal with the situation.
“Upon Police efforts to effect his arrest, Taylor spat on, turned rowdy, uncontrollable and tried to disarm policemen,” the Met Police said.
Thank you for your vigilance and sending us a video of an incident that happened at Grand Imperial Hotel. We have arrested the suspect, Jimmy Taylor, an American citizen. He was detained at the Central Police Station, Kampala on charges of assault. #CommunityPolicing pic.twitter.com/zcGFqLd4AP
— Uganda Police Force (@PoliceUg) August 17, 2018
During the questioning, the American national reportedly confessed to having attacked the victim. He claimed an illness caused him stress that drove him to attack the hotel staffer.
In the CCTV footage, Taylor is seen jumping over the counter and running after a staffer of at the hotel screaming: “You hate Jesus. You hate yourself. You hate me. You despise Jesus?”
He then starts punching the staffer who maintains composure despite the assault and vile language directed at him. The victim is yet to be named.
“Talk. Come on. Come on b**ch. Come on wh**re. I will f**king kill you,” Taylor shouts as he accuses the victim of “disgracing Jesus.”
A hotel security guard tries to intervene, but Taylor would have none of it.
“Feel me. F**k Uganda. I come to help Uganda but Uganda hates Jesus… motherf**ker, look at me, look at Christ. You obey what I say,” he says and attacks the staffer again.
The staffer tries to walk away but Taylor slaps him in the nape and shoves him before turning to the camera and pointing a middle finger.
The suspect, who claims to be a missionary and an ex-US Marine, is currently detained at Central Police Station in Kampala on charges of assault and malicious damage as investigations are ongoing.
Met Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire told Crime24 that Taylor was a customer at Grand Imperial Hotel and that Police had detained him as they investigate the alleged assault case.
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This news website could not immediately reach the hotel management for a comment and it was not immediately clear who had released the CCTV footage to the public.
The video had been viewed and shared by thousands of Ugandans on social as many shared their disgust at the behaviour of the vile American national.
But this is not the first time such racism-related incidents have been publicised in Kampala.
In April 2015, a local telecom arbitrarily laid off at least 50 Ugandan workers before replacing them with Lebanese nationals.
The affected staff later accused the company of calling them ‘African monkeys’. There are also some documented incidents of Chinese and Indian employers calling Ugandan monkeys and segregating them.