DETROIT –A civil rights investigation is underway into a serious race allegation made by one Detroit firefighter against another.
The manner in which the firefighter brought his accusation is also the subject of an internal investigation. The allegation was made over the radio.
The incident began after firefighters responded to an apartment fire on December 5 in the I-96 and Peterboro Street area in Detroit.
A veteran firefighter said he left the scene because he felt threatened during the situation. Another veteran firefighter went on the radio calling him a liar and said the breed was involved.
Scale 20: “It’s scale 20.”
Chef 1: “He’s the boss, what do you have there now?” “
Scale 20: âHe turned out to be a careless cook, but while we were trying to access the office, a few residents got a little pissed off at us. I felt threatened, so I left the building.
Engine 1: – He’s lying, boss. This is engine 1. It has not been threatened at all. There are a lot of black people here and I think he feels threatened about it.
Scale 20: “It is not true.”
Chef 1: “This is Chief 1. Message received.” I am on my way.
Firefighters say the service is taking the incident seriously and has launched an internal investigation into the use of the radio and what was said to violate protocol. The city says the Civil Rights Division is looking into the situation because race has been brought up.
The two firefighters are still working but could face suspensions in the future. The internal investigation could take up to 45 days and the city’s investigation could take up to six months.
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