Trayvon Martin: Firefighter rant by Brian Beckmann, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, creates controversy

Walter Clark, a former county employee, is fired up and calling on Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to put out the flames of what some called an incendiary comment and fire captain Brian Beckmann.

"This public servant has no place in rescuing black people. His attitude is beyond anything I can imagine for a public servant to be put in writing," Clark said.

A heated rant on Facebook is the reason captain Beckmann is catching heat. In part it reads "I and my co-workers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, [expletive], ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents."
 
The post was made Wednesday after Special Prosecutor Angela Corey announced she would file second degree murder charges against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The prosecutor said Martin was profiled by Zimmerman. Martin was unarmed and was not committing a crime.

The rant first appeared on a website geared towards African-American issues. Beckmann told the website "I am a private citizen and I have the same right to freely express an opinion on any subject that anyone else does. I chose not to embellish or alter the facts as your employers chose to do so."

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is also feeling the heat. It 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."
 
For Clark an apology, suspension or demotion are not good enough.  "He works for us so we're the employer, so I say, fire Beckmann. Fire Beckmann now."

A reporter reached Beckmann on Sunday and, according to the Miami Herald, Beckmann said: "It's under investigation. I can't talk to you."

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