Attack with racial slurs caught on video in Durham results in lawsuit

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A physical attack coupled with a rant filled with racial slurs was partially caught on video in Durham, and now has resulted in a lawsuit.

Terrance Johnson and two other plaintiffs who all black are suing David Kolo, who is white, and his former employer, Kangaroo Express convenience stores.

Kolo was working at the Kangaroo Express on Highway 55 in Durham in 2012 when video showed him repeatedly calling customers Johnson, Rhonda Dandridge, and Monica Johnson the n-word.

The lawsuit states Kolo even used a water hose to drench one of the victims while using racial epithets.

Terrance Johnson said the whole ordeal left him traumatized.

“I couldn’t believe it.  I could not believe it.  I just couldn’t believe it,” he told North Carolina News reporter Mario Boone.

Kolo was later fired and court records show Kolo was convicted of assault and four counts of ethnic intimidation in the attack.

Kolo could not be reached for comment.

Kangaroo Express did not return a phone seeking a statement about this case, but in court filings denied liability because it claims Kolo was “acting outside the scope” of his duties.

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