Rochester Settles Jerrod Jones Lawsuit

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The town of Rochester, New York, has reached a settlement with former RFD firefighter Jerrod Jones, who sued the town and its hearth division in 2022 after accusing his superior of pressuring him to attend a racist MAGA celebration with shows that mocked Juneteenth and included a cardboard cut-out of Donald Trump and a performer appearing out sexually specific depictions of native Democratic politicians.

In keeping with the Democrat &Chronicle, the town agreed to pay Jones a complete of $521,000, which features a cost of $70,000 that he’ll obtain instantly, and one other $75,000 that he’ll obtain upon his retirement, reportedly 4 years from now. Within the meantime, Jones will stay on go away whereas incomes $92,000 a yr plus advantages.

The awarded quantity is barely a fraction of the $ 4 million Jones mentioned he would search when he introduced his plans to file the lawsuit, however it’s nonetheless a hefty worth that might have been averted if Jones’ former captain, Jeffrey Krywy, hadn’t allegedly lured him into attending a racist MAGA celebration.

From Rochester First:

The celebration, on the dwelling of Dr. Nicholas Nicosia and his spouse Mary, was allegedly stocked with buckets of KFC hen alongside Juneteenth flags, a big cutout of former President Donald Trump, a lady in a crimson wig impersonating Monroe County Legislator Rachel Barnhart, and images of different Democratic politicians and Rochester Police Accountability Board members on stakes planted all through the yard.

Nicosia and his spouse denied their celebration included the racists and in any other case derogatory shows, calling the allegations “false and malicious,” however it in all probability didn’t assist their case when their legal professional, Cory Hogan, introduced images of the celebration throughout an August 2022 information convention as proof that there have been no racist shows, which might have been nice if not for the obtrusive undeniable fact that the introduced images weren’t taken on the night time of the celebration.

From  Information 10 NBC:

Lawyer Cory Hogan confirmed images of the Nicosia home.

“You will note this occasion was a political occasion,” Hogan mentioned. “There may be completely no racism wherever.”

However the images of Donald Trump and celebration tables, a Juneteenth poster and corn gap sport that had been proven had been truly staged final week to depict what the celebration appeared like. The celebration occurred on July seventh.

Brean: “So it was re-created?”

Hogan: “I requested the purchasers to set it up in order that I’ve an correct understanding of what was the place.”

Brean: “Mr. Hogan are you able to share precise footage of the celebration?”

Hogan: “I don’t have any. I don’t know that there have been any. I can discover out.”

Brean: “Mary had been there footage, precise footage of the celebration?”

Mary Nicosia: “I didn’t take any footage.”

So, the Nicosias threw a celebration throughout which they took zero footage, and so they re-created the scene with staged images, anticipating of us to take it at face worth that they didn’t go away something out that will have made their celebration look as Klan-ish as Jones claimed it did.

One other factor that possible didn’t assist the Nicosias’ case is the inconvenient undeniable fact that Mary ran a racist account on the platform previously often known as Twitter, which was solely found after Hogan publicly challenged “the press” to “look into their backgrounds” and “discover something they’ve accomplished of their lives, their 50-plus yr lives that’s racist,” which web sleuths had been reportedly in a position to do in below 25 minutes.

From NewsOne:

25 minutes later, Hogan instructed Information 10 that “Mary Nicosia has a twitter account,” and “It’s racist.” (I’m guessing Hogan spent a part of that 25 minutes cleansing all of the egg from his face.)

“In full disclosure, I do have a Twitter parody account that operates below a veil of a persona and I’ve made blatantly racist feedback below that persona,” Mary admitted.

Mary claimed her husband didn’t know something about her bigoted Twitter fingers. (Positive, Klan…I imply, Jan.)

“However nonetheless I maintain myself accountable. I’m ashamed. It wasn’t a straightforward factor to do, to stand up right here and inform you this,” she mentioned. “And I ask that you just settle for my apology as it’s honest.”

It seems that Jones might have benefited from racist celebration throwers hiring probably the most ineffective legal professional within the historical past of legal professionals who ought to take their legislation levels again to no matter Joyful Meal field they obtained it from.

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