The fire still rages in Stanford, Fla. where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman.
A Florida fire captain was demoted after making disparaging comments about the victim’s death on Facebook, saying Trayvon’s mom and dad are “ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents,” among other things.
Capt. Brian Beckmann blamed bad parents for the racial profiling and murder of their young black teens.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”
The remarks were posted on the social media site last month, and he’s now facing the consequences of his actions. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement that public servants like Beckmann are never off the clock. Their words and actions reflect the whole organization and they must always have the best interest of the public in mind.