NY fire chief forced to retire after he’s accused of ‘pressuring black firefighter to attend’ mock Juneteenth party

New York Fire Captain Jeffrey Krywy announced he would be retiring after facing disciplinary proceedings for allegedly pressuring a black firefighter to attend a mock Juneteenth party that is being branded as racist.

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Krywy resigned before disciplinary proceedings that could potentially have resulted in his termination could begin.

The event was reportedly held at a Rochester mansion belonging to dentist Nicholas Nicosia and his wife Mary. It reportedly featured a cutout of former President Trump as well as buckets of KFC sitting in front of Juneteenth flags. Jerrod Jones, 40, who is black, McKenzie “Mack” Neal, and Aurelio “Angel” Perez were all ostensibly pressured to attend the private party while on duty on July 11.

Jones has just announced that he will sue the Rochester Fire Department (RFD) and the City of Rochester over the incident for $3 million in emotional damages and $1 million in compensatory damages, according to the Daily Mail. He filed a notice of claim on August 11 which precedes a lawsuit.

“We will use the attached document as the basis of our lawsuit going forward. But we would prefer to resolve the matter with the city,” Jones’ lawyer, Nate McMurray, told the media outlet during an interview on Wednesday.

Jones has been with the fire department in Rochester for 14 years. He claims he “immediately” felt uneasy when he saw a “large cut out of former President Donald Trump” in the driveway when they arrived. There were also two large Juneteenth celebration flags that adorned the lawn in anticipation of the festivities.

“Near the flags he saw buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken prominently displayed – an apparent use of the racist trope recycled by bigots to mock black Americans,” the notice asserts according to NBC News.

The claim states there were also pictures of “local Democratic politicians on stakes across the grass and around the backyard, including members of the Rochester Police Accountability Board and a picture of Councilman Mitch Gruber among many others.”

A woman was in attendance wearing a red wig impersonating Democratic County Legislator Rachel Barnhart. Party attendees allegedly yelled “sexually explicit comments” at her.

“The woman danced in a mocking, but sexual, manner to please the attendees,” the notice contended.

Neal is said to have apologized to Jones, telling him, “We shouldn’t be here. This is bulls***.” Perez was noticeably “uneasy.” They stayed at the party for approximately 40 minutes.

Nicosia approached Jones to speak with him at the party, the notice claims, to “neutralize any potential negative fallout from Jones’s presence.”

Jones also recounts that while he was speaking with the homeowner, he saw Krywy get handed a gift bag, which had a Juneteenth cup and a bottle of Cognac liquor in it. That is being pointed to as “another racist trope used to demean black Americans.”

“I didn’t know the captain [Krywy] was a Cognac man,” Jones shouted at his superior, mocking him.

As the three firefighters reportedly fidgeted and looked for a way to leave the party, Nicosia’s wife Mary Znidarsic-Nicosia allegedly asked Jones if he “wanted to take home the chicken,” which he refused.

“You sure? It’s KFC!” she said.

Neal offered to take the rest of the chicken to the firehouse for the others on duty.

Neal would later go on to ask Jones and Perez, “How f***ed up was that?”

The incident was reported to acting battalion Chief George Smith by Jones. Smith was reportedly “shocked” and vowed “immediate action.” That did not happen evidently.

“What happened to me a month ago, cut me very deeply,” Jones proclaimed at a press conference. He went on to state that he was suing because he has two children and doesn’t want them to “go through what I experienced.”

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