Rochester Firefighter Expected to Speak About Attending a Racist Party

We expect to hear today from the Black Rochester firefighter who says he was forced by a white superior to attend a party that included displays of racism and misogyny.

He will speak outside City Hall at 1 p.m.

As first reported last month by Bob Lonsberry, the party took place while the firefighters were on duty and people there allegedly mocked Juneteenth with buckets of fried chicken and bottles of cognac.

A fire department captain was suspended this week with pay over a complaint by a firefighter about an on-shift party -- apparently the event described last month.

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