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Fire Captain Brian Beckmann DEMOTED for comment on FB about Martin's parents
Posted by streetcarman1 on Tue May 15 12:25:49 2012Again....somethings NEVER change DOWN SOUTH!
What is really bad about this, both parents are NOT "wefare-dependent" individuals as Mr. Beckmann characterizes them to be.
Brian Beckmann -
From the NYDAILYNEWS.COM
Florida fire captain demoted over Facebook comments slamming Travyon Martin’s parents
Brian Beckmann apologized for calling slain teen’s folks ‘ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents’
By Erik Ortiz / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 6:49 AM
A South Florida fire captain was demoted Monday after calling the parents of Trayvon Martin “failed, s---bag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents” on Facebook.
Miami-Dade Fire Captain Brian Beckmann was demoted to the lowest rank of firefighter after a two-hour administrative hearing and will have to submit to a psychological evaluation and take diversity training courses before he can rejoin the ranks, reported CBS 4 News in Miami.
Beckmann, a 15-year veteran, sparked outrage when he posted last month on his Facebook page about the Martin case.
His remarks were in response to State Attorney Angela Corey’s decision to file second-degree murder charges against George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old accused of fatally shooting Martin as he cut through his Florida condo complex in February.
The killing of Martin, an unarmed black teen who wore a hooded sweatshirt, sparked nationwide protests over racial profiling.
“I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, s---bag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents, but like Mrs. Corey, we speak only the truth,” Beckmann posted.
“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,” he wrote.
Beckmann said he had copy and pasted the message, and later apologized for its content.
“I promise that I will try harder than ever to be a decent and professional public servant to the citizens of Miami-Dade County,” he reportedly wrote to Miami-Dade Fire Chief William Bryson.
But Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Monday that public employees writing “disparaging” comments about others in the community won’t be tolerated.
“There’s no such thing as being off-the-clock; we are public servants 24/7 and must conduct ourselves with the utmost professionalism at all times,” Gimenez said in a statement.
The union representing Beckmann has filed an appeal, according to WSVN News, arguing that “the facts in this case do not warrant the discipline handed out today.”
From the Miami Herald on May 15, 2012: