Published: Sun, November 05, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Photos show noose & penis drawings left for black Miami Fire Rescue lieutenant

Photos show noose & penis drawings left for black Miami Fire Rescue lieutenant

An additional five firefighters remain under scrutiny in connection to the incident, the Miami Herald reported.

Under Shorty Bryson's leadership, the department's union kicked out 64 black firefighters who claimed they were expelled over their support of the city's Affirmative Action program. And they sure are gross.

Six firefighters in Miami were fired after someone hung a noose on a black lieutenant's photo, according to reports.

A lieutenant with the City of Miami Department of Fire-Rescue discovered on September 9 that his family photos at Fire Station 12 had been defaced with "lewd and sexually explicit renderings", Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban said in a statement Thursday, describing the incident as a "hideous, distasteful act of hate".

The newspaper reports that someone created a noose out of twine, and several of the lieutenant's family photos were defaced with "phallic renderings". This was immediately reported to my staff and as a result, I personally responded to the station. Initially, some of the workers at the station were transferred to other stations, Alfonso said.

Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso said investigators found "sexually explicit and racially offensive conduct".

Termination letters sent Wednesday identify the fired members of the department as William W. Bryson, Kevin Meizoso, David Rivera, Justin Rumbaugh, Harold Santana and Alejandro Sese.

The termination letters also say the two supervisors directly lied to Miami-Dade County Police's Internal Affairs unit.

Reached Wednesday, Rumbaugh and Sese declined interviews.

Alfonso said the city will hold a press conference Friday morning to discuss the firings. "We can not and will not tolerate behavior that is disrespectful, hurtful and compromises the integrity of the department and the City of Miami", NBC 6 Miami reported.

Facebook user Erica Latimore reported that Roysdon suggested: "if he went inside the burning house of a black man and he had a dog, that he would save the dog first and probably take his time coming back to get the black man". He then earned his master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He graduated with honors from Temple University. He moved to South Florida in 2015.

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