Published: Fri, November 03, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Six Miami firefighters hung noose, drew 'phallic renderings' on black colleague's photos

Six Miami firefighters hung noose, drew 'phallic renderings' on black colleague's photos

Six Miami firefighters were fired after someone hung a noose over a black colleague's family photo and drew a penis on his wife picture.

Miami Police launched an investigation into the incident after Alfonso and Chief Joseph Zahralban were made aware of it on September 9.

The newspaper reports that someone created a noose out of twine, and several of the lieutenant's family photos were defaced with "phallic renderings".

Six Miami firefighters were fired Wednesday after one or all of them hung a noose over a black colleague's family photo.

Police conducted a civil investigation into the incident before turning it over to fire department executives.

"We can not and will not tolerate behaviour that is disrespectful, hurtful and compromises the integrity of the department and the City of Miami", Mr Alfonso said in a statement following the police investigation.

That was also the day that the firefighters in question were terminated.

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Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Chief Joseph Zahralban, and Alfonso will hold a news conference Friday to discuss the incidents. "Appalled by my observation, I immediately requested the Miami Police Department investigate the matter and temporarily transferred all personnel assigned to that station, per our department policy".

Among those fired were William Bryson, David Rivera, Kevin Meizoso, Justin Rumbaugh, Alejandro Sese and Harold Santana.

The Miami Herald reports, "Investigators could not determine who made the noose, according to sources".

Lt. Webster told CBS4 he has no complaints with the city or fire department administration and is glad his superiors acted quickly when he reported the harassment. "Findings could result in disciplinary actions ranging from suspensions to demotions", said Alfonso.

Bryson's father, William "Shorty" Bryson, was a former Miami Fire Chief ironically cited by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for discriminating against black members when he was president of the firefighter's union in 1992.

"We have not yet been provided with all the information that the city relied upon in making the decisions it did today", Delgado said.

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