Rochester Firefighter Says Captain Took Him To Racist Party Mocking Juneteenth

A captain in the Rochester Fire Department took a Black firefighter and others to a racist event at an East Avenue mansion in the middle of a shift this summer, where attendees ate fried chicken and drank cognac, according to a notice of claim filed today.

The Black firefighter, 14-year veteran Jerrod Jones, is on leave from RFD because of emotional distress and fear of retaliation. He said the event — a faux Juneteenth party at a 9,800 square foot mansion, with attendees drinking cognac and yelling lewd remarks at a burlesque dancer dressed up as Monroe County Legislator Rachel Barnhart — reminded him of the movie “Get Out,” in which wealthy white people stage seemingly genteel events to harvest Black people’s bodies.

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