Six Miami firefighters have been fired after somebody hung a noose over a black colleague’s household picture and drew a penis on his spouse image.
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Six Miami firefighters have been fired on Wednesday after they hung a noose over a black colleague’s household picture and drew a penis on his spouse image, officers mentioned.
The Miami Herald reported that somebody had created a noose out of twine and hung it over the household picture of an African American lieutenant. Other colleagues additionally drew lewd photos on a number of different images together with one in all his spouse.
The firefighters defaced “several personal photos of a fellow firefighter with graphic and obscene phallic renderings,” the termination letters despatched Wednesday mentioned, the newspaper reported.
The incident occurred on Sept. 9.
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Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso mentioned in a press release that investigators uncovered “badually explicit and racially offensive conduct” by town’s staff.
“We cannot and will not tolerate behavior that is disrespectful, hurtful and compromises the integrity of the department and the City of Miami,” he mentioned.
Alfonso mentioned personnel badigned to the station have been transferred after the incident was reported, including that 11 firefighters have been relieved from obligation with pay forward of Wednesday’s firings.
According the Herald, greater than 20 folks have been interviewed below oath and practically a dozen firefighters have been investigated. Five stay employed by the division and below scrutiny.
The firefighters terminated have been recognized as: Kevin Meizoso, David Rivera, Justin Rumbaugh, Harold Santana, Alejandro Sese and William W. Bryson, the son of former Miami Fire Chief William “Shorty” Bryson.
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In the termination letters, officers mentioned Sese was the one who got here up with the thought of defacing the images and acquiring them. Meizoso, Rumbaugh and Santana drew the phallic photographs whereas Rivera returned them to their image frames.
Bryson is accused of failing to cease the vandalism and ignoring requests from subordinates to come back ahead and report the incident, the Herald reported.
Sources advised the newspaper that investigators couldn’t decide who was behind the noose.
Under town’s civil service procedures, the fired firefighters can dispute their terminations.
The incident is the newest blemish for town’s hearth division, which has a historical past of lewd pranks.
In the late 1980s, rookies have been handcuffed whereas different firefighters sat on their faces throughout a hazing ritual. Four firefighters have been fired on the time, however reinstated after investigators decided the hazing ritual was an previous division custom, the Herald reported.
Under Shorty Bryson’s management, the division’s union kicked out 64 black firefighters who claimed they have been expelled over their badist of town’s Affirmative Action program. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission later discovered that their civil rights had been violated.