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Miami Firefighters Noose Incident Under Scrutiny, 6 Fired

Miami Firefighters Noose Incident Under Scrutiny, 6 Fired
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Thursday, 02 November 2017 04:28 PM

Six Miami firefighters were fired after a noose was found hanging over a black firefighter's family photo ruined by lewd drawings, and five others could be suspended or demoted as Miami authorities continue scrutinizing the fire station.

Termination letters sent to The Associated Press on Thursday said the fired firefighters drew or helped draw pictures of penises on personal photos of a colleague. Two of them were supervisors. One of them failed to report the incident and lied to investigators and the other one.

The letters don't say who created the noose, but city manager Daniel Alfonso says the investigation continues.

"City of Miami Fire Rescue is an ethnically and racially diverse department and one of the best in the country," said Alfonso in a statement. "We cannot and will not tolerate behavior that is disrespectful, hurtful and compromises the integrity of the department and the City of Miami."

The city manager said he and the fire department's chief found out on Sept. 9 about an incident "involving sexually explicit and racially offensive conduct" and transferred employees to other stations. After the police department began an internal investigation, 11 firefighters were suspended without pay. Of the six firefighters who were fired, two were supervisors who lied to investigators, according to the dismissal letters. One of them is accused of encouraging and helping subordinates draw lewd pictures on the photos.

The firefighters have up to 10 days to dispute their termination before Miami's Fire-Rescue Chief Joseph Zahralban.

It is the second incident involving a noose and firefighters in South Florida this year. In June, a noose was found hanging over the chair of a black firefighter recruit in a training session in Pompano Beach, leading to one firing and three resignations.

Experts have pointed out an increase in the use of hate symbols such as nooses and swastikas around the country. Nooses have appeared in the last few months in numerous public places from museums in Washington to universities in Maryland and Kansas, a high school in Oklahoma and a church in Alabama.

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Six Miami firefighters were fired after a noose was found hanging over a black firefighter's family photo ruined by lewd drawings, and five others could be suspended or demoted as Miami authorities continue scrutinizing the fire station.
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