A white man who claimed he is Ku Klux Klan member has been charged with harassment after video showed him spraying a 14-year-old Black teen with a water hose this month.
Glen Nicodemus, 59, was arraigned Wednesday and released on his own recognizance, according to CBS affiliate WROC-TV.
Although the Monroe County District Attorney said the alleged crime didn’t rise to the level of a hate crime, a judge issued an order of protection for the victim, the news station reported.
The boy’s mother, Christina Poles, contacted police when video of the August 14 incident in East Rochester surfaced.
In the video, Poles’ son and the man later identified as Nicodemus are seen arguing in the front of his home. The man can be heard warning the teen that he “shouldn’t be f—–g with the klan” before calling him the n-word.
“Tell your klan to pull up, n—a,” the teen shoots back. “It’s free smoke, n—-a.”
Moments later, the man is shown grabbing his garden hose and dousing the teen as he leaves with his friends.
“It was like a scene out of the ’60s,” the mother told WROC.