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Monday, April 16, 2012

Miami-Dade Fire Department Captain In Trouble For Racist Comments On Facebook.

A Miami-Dade Fire Department official is under investigation for a personal Facebook post that claims "failed, shitbag, ignorant parents" are to blame in cases like the shooting death of unarmed Miami teen Trayvon Martin.
Captain Brian Beckmann has since deleted the post, but a screencap was published on when its source expressed concern at "the thoughts of someone who responds to the homes of the very people" disparaged on Beckmann's Facebook page, which cites Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403.

The post was reportedly published last Wednesday, the same night special prosecutor Angela Corey announced second degree murder charges against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot Martin as he walked through his father's gated community in Sanford wearing a hoodie. Wrote Beckmann:
"Listening to Prosecutor Corey blow herself and her staff for five minutes before pre-passing judgment on George Zimmerman. The state seeks reelection again, truth aside. I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, shitbag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents, but like Mrs. Corey, we speak only the truth. They're just misunderstood little church going angels and the ghetto hoodie look doesn't have anything to do with why people wonder if they're about to get jacked by a thug."
TheGrio reports Beckmann responded to questions in a Facebook message with, "I am a private citizen and have the same right to freely express an opinion on any subject that anyone else does. I choose not to embellish or alter the facts as your employer chose to do."

But Beckmann's employer isn't happy. In a statement, Miami-Dade Fire said, "Captain Brian Beckmann has been with Miami-Dade County since 1997. The post on his personal Facebook page is being investigated by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue."

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