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The recently reactivated Rochester branch of the NAACP has replaced beleaguered Monroe County Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell as its new president.

Flagler-Mitchell was installed as the chapter president in a ceremony on Jan. 16, about two hours before news broke that he had been accused of sexual harassment by sending a sexually explicit photo, and other suggestive text messages, to a 19-year-old woman.

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A Monroe County legislator says he’s being extorted because of a personal photo he accidentally sent to the wrong person.

The revelation came from Ernest Flagler-Mitchell (D-29), who leads the Black and Asian Caucus on the county legislature.

In a statement Flagler-Mitchell released on Saturday, he says that last November, he sent a photo intended for his wife to someone he was working with. The lawmaker says he apologized to the person who inadvertently got it. He says that individual accepted his apology and assured Flagler-Mitchell they were not offended.

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Frustration boiled in the spring in reaction to George Floyd's death in Minneapolis and other police-involved deaths of Black people elsewhere. 

Those deaths motivated action on just about every level of Rochester, from a newly minted government commission on structural racism to mass protests in the streetsKevin Myles has seen this before. He’s the southeast regional director of the national NAACP and works with 600 branches between Mississippi and the Atlantic Coast. Myles said different generations often use different tactics when civil rights-related protests erupt.