A member of the Los Angeles Fire Department is being investigated for allegedly dropping his pants and wiping his buttocks with a compliance letter he received for not abiding by the city’s vaccine mandate.
The LAFD member was being accused of the act by Stentorians of Los Angeles City, a group that represents black firefighters.
A department spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that the firefighter ‘responded inappropriately’ to receiving the letter.
The alleged incident took place on November 18, according to a spokesperson for the LAFD.
‘The department is aware of the seriousness of the allegations and took immediate action upon learning of this incident,’ said Cheryl Getuiza, who would not provide any further details.
A Los Angeles Fire Department member is in hot water for allegedly wiping his buttocks in public with a non-compliance letter for the city’s vaccination mandate
A department spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that the firefighter ‘responded inappropriately’ to receiving the letter
The alleged incident took place on November 18, according to a spokesperson for the LAFD
The LAFD member in question is on paid administrative leave for the time being.
The Stentorians claim an LAFD captain and chief officer saw the incident, which took place at Fire Station 69 in Pacific Palisades.
‘The LA City Stentorians are sickened and disgusted by this horrific display of unprofessionalism,’ the Stentorians’ statement said. ‘To date, we have not heard from anyone from the LAFD administration condemning this act of blatant disrespect and harassment.’
The Stentorians demanded Mayor Eric Garcetti, the city council and the fire commission ‘take swift and immediate action to deter any city employee from feeling entitled and not encouraged but empowered to behave in such an embarrassing and threatening manner.’
They added that the act was a ‘terminable’ offense.
LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas has faced calls for removal from select members
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s spokesperson said they expect the fire department leadership to handle the matter
‘No matter how our members react, all city employees must abide by the city ordinance – either file for an exemption, get vaccinated, or face termination,’ Getuiza said.
A spokesman for Garcetti said Wednesday that the ‘mayor’s expectation is that fire department leadership will handle this matter definitively, and make it clear that these appalling actions will not deter enforcement of rules that we’ve put in place to save lives.’
The president of the fire commission expressed disgust.
‘I am beyond appalled at such an act by an LAFD firefighter,’ said Jimmie Woods-Gray. She added that ‘strong corrective action is necessary.’
City employees who have yet to get vaccinated or seek exemptions are supposed to sign notices instructing them to provide proof of vaccination by December 18.
Workers who refuse will be put on unpaid leave.
A group called Firefighters 4 Freedom is suing the city over the vaccine rules, while some employee groups want LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas removed amid accusations the department isn’t addressing harassment and bullying, particularly of female firefighters.
A recent survey found that an overwhelming number of LAFD members do not trust in their leaders, while many in the department are frustrated with perceived inconsistencies in how top brass discipline sworn members.
Vaccine mandates have been a controversial subject across the country.
Even as vaccinations continue across the country, vaccine mandates remain a controversial issue
As booster shots have been approved by government agencies, vaccinations have gone back up
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) suspended implementation of its order requiring Covid-19 vaccines for private companies after a federal court blocked the measure.
OSHA announced Wednesday that it was ceasing all enforcement of the measure of the emergency order, which ordered companies with 100 or more employees to require vaccines or weekly Covid-19 testing, or face a maximum of $136,532 in fines, $13,653 per violation.
‘While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigation,’ the OSHA website said.
The rule is set to encompass 84 million workers, and employers could face fines for ‘willful violations.’
The announcement came after the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a stay on a ruling ordering OSHA to ‘take no steps to implement or enforce’ the emergency order ‘until further court order.’
The mandate was set to take effect Jan. 4, 2022.
Biden ordered companies with 100 or more employees to require vaccines or weekly Covid-19 testing, or face a maximum of $136,532 in fines, $13,653 per violation
Vaccine mandates have been highly controversial throughout the US