Last night I received information that a video had been posted by a Ronkonkoma real estate agent threatening to kill a Black Lives Matter protester. I notified Suffolk County government and through them the Suffolk County Police Department. I also notified Newsday, which, as of this morning, had assigned a reporter to investigate. I posted the story and the video on Long Island Wins. I had called the alleged perpetrator to get his side of the story before I posted, but I have not heard back from him.
At noon today I called his employer, REMAX real estate in Ronkonkoma and I spoke to the representative for the office. She said “We were disgusted by the video. He was terminated. He no longer works for the organization.”
In the video, posted below, a man threatens to kill a “Ni@@@@” supporter of Black Lives Matter. The man, identified as Jared Aversano, wields a military-style assault rifle while using the racial hate word. Jared Aversano was a REMAX agent in Ronkonkoma. Recent Newsday reporting exposed widespread racial discrimination by realtors.
Someone purporting to be Jared Aversano posted an apology/no apology online which I also reproduce.
The violent bigotry of the man in the video led to widespread condemnation and the reported removal of the original video. Overnight I received this message from Jared Aversano’s phone number: “I am an absolute moron for saying those words. I trully apologize, it was not meant to be racist I should never have chosen those words.”