East Rochester man arrested after video captures him spraying black teen with hose, claiming to be in KKK
Added 08-21-19 11:13:02pm EST - “East Rochester police said they investigated the incident and determined that the incident did not raise to the level of a hate crime.” - Nydailynews.com
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An East Rochester man captured on video spraying a black teenager with a garden hose and claiming membership in the KKK during a dispute outside his home was arraigned and charged with second-degree harassment Wednesday, police said.
Glen Nicodemus, 59, shouted, “I’m a Ku Klux Klan member,” at the 14-year-old during the Aug. 14 altercation, according to video subsequently posted on social media by the boy’s mother, Christina Poles.
East Rochester police investigated the incident and determined that it did not raise to the level of a hate crime after consultation with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office and the State Police Hate Crimes Unit, town police chief Steve Clancy said.
“Nicodemus was released on his own recognizance and will report to pre-trial release under supervision,” Clancy said in a news release emailed to the Daily News. “The judge also issued an order of protection for the victim.”
Poles told The News she didn’t initially recognize the significance of the interaction, saying that her son only mentioned it fleetingly after the fact.
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