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Fire Captain Gets Demoted Over Trayvon Facebook Remarks

Loses rank and gets counseling

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Miami-Dade Fire Captain Brian Beckmann got into a bit of hot water last month when he made some fairly brutal and racially insensitive comments on his personal facebook page. This is what he had to say about the press conference special prosecutor Corey had about the Trayvon Martin incident that resulted in his death.

“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.”

Well after the comments became public and the complaints started to roll in the department heads decided to have a disciplinary hearing regarding what they should do with Captain Beckmann . What came out of it is basically the harshest punishment one can get without getting fired. After 2 hours it was decided that Capt. Beckmann has been demoted to the lowest rank of firefighter and will have to submit to a psychological evaluation and take diversity training courses before he can rejoin the ranks.

His union representative has filed an appeal on Captain Beckmann’s behalf under the grounds that the punishment is too harsh for the event that took place. That his spotless record over the last 20 years is wiped away because of 1 erroneous Facebook post.

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.”

Let’s hope that the last thing we hear about race relations in Florida for a long time is the outcome of the Zimmerman case.

photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County

Fire Captain Gets Demoted Over Trayvon Facebook Remarks
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  • Bob Olson

    If this is the actual statement verbatim, then Carlos Gimenez is worse than a pimp and panderer to the Cubans, Latinos, blacks and other minorities. This is a witch hunt and the worse case of abuse of power I have ever heard of not to mention a violation of Beckmann’s freedom of speech. It’s a slap in the face to anyone who has ever been the victim of crime, regardless of race. Urban youth has no racial implication unless the reader puts one into the statement. Gimenez is saying, by this action, that the only ghetto dwellers are minorities and anyway you look at it it’s going to bite him in his butt.

    • Andrea

      We know exactly what he means by urban youth. That is why the young man (urban youth) got shot because of what he wore and how he looked.

  • Gilbert Glass

    No doubt, the fire captain needs to take diversity training 101 and apologize to our minority community.

    • Brian Beckmann

      I’m sorry to all of the hood rats for being minorities. Hopefully, this diversity training 101 will help with your situation.

  • twinkle

    I guess freedom of speech has truely died. Agree or not, a man is entitled to his opinion. He’s not a teacher, nor does he represent anyone but himself. So seems to me this man’s rights have just been trampled. If I were this guy I’d sue Miami Dade for MILLIONS in violation of his constitutional rights. By the way, I never heard of anyone being punished for publishing truely hateful things about George Bush when he was President, oh, I guess that was sanctioned hate speech.

  • Lily

    Hey Bob, GZ has half latino.
    Andrea, you totally ignored the fact that he assaulted G.Z. Stop being racist. That was a fact. You don’t know the feelings or what the intentions of TM were. The TM clan says it was racism because theat is how they have been getting their way. They can also sue left and right. But feel they are more important than people who do abide by the laws an respect others. Ignoring the facts because you hate or because you want to blame racism. Racism is no longer a justification for someone who wants their way. Most black people are taught by their parents and elders that they are discriminated against and so they see everything that they don’t like as racist. They are the always the victims and they are taught hate for anyone that is not their color. And if they are their color, you better have the same frame of mind or they will outcast you and call you a traitor. Now that is racist if you ask me. America is being misled as far as telling us there is something wrong with us if we defend ourselves from someone who is black. Jews do not blame or try to twist or riot because they don’t get their way. This is utterly wrong what they are doing. Good family men are lost their jobs and are being potrayed as if they did something wrong. All for one black man. This is disgusting and is not right. There are americans of all races besides black who get killed by blacks and they rarely get blamed as racist. This is not right. Blacks want to be treated equally. But, they don’t like to respect and have hate for everyone else. Minority or not. They don’t like to abide by the laws and they seem to think they are exempt to follow any law.Stupid lawyers who take their cases all because of their greed. So it doesn’t make sense how they keep saying If only GZ had listened to the Dispatcher, when most of the time they don’t respect an officer themselves. I am a minority too. And, I think the cry of racism is being used very loosely and they are only being given their way because they yell loud and start more riots if they don’t get their way. Americans need to bind together and stop listening unless there are proven facts that they themselves are not racist and deal with the riots. We as americans should be able to defend our homes or our neighborhoods. They are not the only ones living here in the states. We are all affected by their drama and hate. I mean I don’t want my kids to get close to a black person becausen you don’t want to be close to someone that is a sour looser and will go to what any extreme to make you look guilty and start riots like they do everytime they get egged on. Without even caring if it is the truth and ignoring the facts in a case.

  • Sasha

    Lily,

    You are an idiot. What is your background may I ask. All that you have said are things that you have no facts or any idea about. And just so you know,and so what a riot was started for Trayvon it was peaceful and got the point across. I wonder sometimes how people like you ever make it in this world.

  • WTF B-MAN

    WHAT THE HECK HAS HAPPENED TO FREEDOM OF SPEACH, IAM SO SICK AND TIRED OF PEOPLE DICTATING WHAT IS AND WHAT’s NOT ALLOWED WHEN IT COME’s TO FREEDOM OF SPEACH READ THE WORD’s FREEDOM OF SPEACH. ALL YOU PEOPLE ARE A BUNCH OF MORON’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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