Sunday, 18 November, 2018


Miami firefighters fired after hanging noose over black colleague's photo

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Bennie Garza | 02 November, 2017, 23:59

Following a civil investigation by fire department executives, six Miami firefighters were reportedly fired after a noose was placed on a black coworker's family photo at their fire station.

The firings come seven weeks after the photo was discovered inside Miami Fire Station No. 12 at 1455 Northwest 46th Street. Other colleagues also drew lewd pictures on several other photos including one of his wife. After the incident was reported, personnel assigned to the station were transferred, and 11 firefighters were relieved of their duty with pay.

"We can not and will not tolerate behavior that is disrespectful, hurtful and compromises the integrity of the department and the City of Miami", he said. Their termination letters said that the firefighters "defaced several personal photos of a fellow firefighter with graphic and obscene phallic renderings".

Of the six firefighters who were fired, two were supervisors who lied to investigators, according to the dismissal letters. Five remain employed by the department and under scrutiny.

Alfonso's statement reads in part, "It is the policy of the City of Miami to provide a workplace for all employees that is free from intimidation, threats or violent acts".

Webster's six colleagues - Capt. William Bryson, Lt. Alejandro Sese, David Rivera, Harold Santana, Justin Rumbaugh and Kevin Meizoso - were accused of trying to intimidate Webster, who is black, with a hanging noose.

Fred Delgado, the Miami International Association of Firefighters president, said in a statement the attack was disturbing.

Investigators have not identified the maker of the noose, sources said, according to the report. "There are some details we are getting today, so the fire chief, myself and the city manager will be giving out all the details of this incident".

In the late 1980s, rookies were handcuffed while other firefighters sat on their faces during a hazing ritual.

Fire department executives interviewed more than 20 people and almost a dozen firefighters were investigated.

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