An East Rochester man sprayed a black teenager with a hose during a confrontation that was captured on video.
The man, whose name has not been released, claimed to be a Ku Klux Klan member during an argument with some black and white teenagers outside his home, and he sprayed one 14-year-old boy as he walked away from the white man, reported WROC-TV.
“You shouldn’t be f*cking with the Klan,” the man says, and walks toward his yard, where he grabs the hose and hurls a racial slur at the boy.
The teen remains on the sidewalk and taunts the man with the N-word and other profane insults, as the other teens giggle, and then the man sprays the boy in the head as he slowly walks away with a white girl.
Police received two calls related to the incident — one from the teens, who said the man had been taking photos of them as they played in a nearby park, and another from the man, who said they had been unkind to his elderly mother.
The teens argued with the man at the park, and the confrontation continued outside his house.
“He was outside doing it again, flipping them off,” said the boy’s mother, Christina Poles. “My son said something along the lines of, ‘why do you keep flipping us off,’ said some other profanities I wish he hadn’t.”
Police questioned the man and the teens but did not see the video until Poles shared it on social media.
“It was like a scene out of the 60s,” Poles said. “You don’t see stuff like that in 2019.”
Poles wants the man to be charged in connection with the incident and said police assured her he would be, but the incident remains under investigation.
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