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January 8, 2015

Atlanta Fire Chief Publishes book referring to Gays as Unclean, Vulgar, etc: YOU R FIRED!



   
ATLANTA — The city's fire chief was relieved of his duties Tuesday after he published controversial comments about homosexuality in a book.
In the self-published book titled "Who Told You That You Were Naked?" Kelvin Cochran referred to homosexuality as "unclean," "a sexual perversion," "vulgar" and "inappropriate."
Cochran received a monthlong suspension in November. At the time, Mayor Kasim Reed said, "I want to be clear that the material in Chief Cochran's book is not representative of my personal beliefs, and is inconsistent with the administration's work to make Atlanta a more welcoming city for all citizens — regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, race, and religious beliefs."
At a news conference Tuesday, Reed announced Cochran had been "relieved" of his position.
"Not one time during the course of preparing this book did Chief Cochran ever think that it was appropriate to have a conversation with me despite the fact that I have made my opinion — and this administration's opinion — clear on this topic," Reed said.
Reed said Cochran was given an opportunity to resign and refused. "Bottom line, he was terminated," Reed said.
Still in uniform after the news conference, Cochran told reporters, "I'm not apologetic for writing the book."
He said he will not hide his Christian faith.
"Everything I wrote in the book is based on scriptures, not my opinions," said Cochran.
Cochran said he only learned that he was losing his job about an hour before the news conference.
"LGBT citizens deserve the right to express their belief regarding sexual orientation and deserve to be respected for their position without hate and discrimination, but Christians also have the right to express their beliefs as well," said Cochran.
Cochran said that he ran the idea of the book by the city's ethics department and didn't receive any pushback. He said that he gave Reed copy of the book a year ago.
Alex Wan, the only openly gay member of Atlanta's City Council, supported Reed's decision.
"I support the administration's decision to terminate Kelvin Cochran's employment with the City of Atlanta," Wan said in a released statement. "This sends a strong message to employees about how much we value diversity and how we adhere to a non-discriminatory environment.
Wan's statement said Cochran's suspension came after some of Cochran's employees complained about internal distribution of his self-published book. Reed would not discuss details of the investigation.
Reed said that the Fire and Rescue Command staff and his Cabinet will undergo sensitivity training.
"We wanted the city to take strong, decisive action which today they've done," said Stephen Borders, president Atlanta Professional Firefighters.
Borders took his colleagues' complaints about Cochran's book to city officials before the controversy went public.
"It was the fire chief. He is our judge, and our jury, and our executioner when it comes to (discipline). He is the ultimate representative of the city when it comes to public safety," Borders said.
The Faith and Freedom Coalition posted a call to action on its website, asking members to contact the mayor demanding Cochran be reappointed.
"In our country we don't punish people for the potential to discriminate we punish them for actually discriminating. To our knowledge unless the mayor knows about it and hasn't said so there's no allegation to speak of," explained spokesperson Robert Potts.
However, Reed did not list discrimination as cause for termination. He said Cochran violated the city's code of conduct in releasing the book.
"This is about how we treat one another. And so those folks who are calling me and telling me I should retain him. I just want you to know one thing. His religious decisions are not the basis of the problem. His judgement is the basis of the problem,” Reed said.
Julie Wolfe, WXIA-TV, Atlanta

December 27, 2013

Firemen Abuses The Taking of Picture to Post on Social Med. -Now That is Revoked!


A memo recently sent to the city's firefighters and EMTs — who have a tendency to postinappropriate and offensive things on social media — informed New York's bravest that they are no longer permitted to take photographs or make audio or video recordings while on the job, the Post reports. Unfortunately, the new rule also applied to this year's holiday party, which led one FDNY employee to complain, "So, if one of my kids wants to sit on Santa's lap in the firehouse — he’s not going to get his Kodak moment. It’s a shame that because of a few knuckleheads, the kids have to suffer." If only those kids had taught their parents about privacy settings. 
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He’s too hot for the FDNY — but they won’t fire him.
A black probationary firefighter graduated from the FDNY Academy but was barred from the ceremony for referring to his superiors with the N-word on Facebook and posting seminude selfies.
Trilain Smith, a 35-year-old ex-rapper from Fort Greene, Brooklyn, ranted online last month, “These n- - -as try to kill you start to finish!” after listing the tests he had to pass to graduate.
The remarks, a violation of the FDNY’s social-media policy, came after Smith got a strict warning about his postings, which included sexually suggestive photos of himself in fire garb.
On Aug. 1, three days after his training started on Randalls Island, Smith posted several selfies under the name “King Alex” — including one of him bare-chested in his FDNY helmet and bunker gear and another showing his nude torso over an FDNY patch.
“S- -t is REALLLL!! Body OD sore!” he wrote of the drills. “no real lunch break and mfkaz screaming at you all day long.”
A top officer displayed Smith’s photos and obscenity-laced remarks in a blistering speech to the entire class. He admonished each probie to avoid posting anything that could shame the FDNY.
Using the name “Kieon Ibeast,” Smith posted the N-word diatribe to Facebook on Nov. 19. The repeat offense infuriated brass, who wanted him fired, insiders said.
Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano — whose own son Joseph quit his EMT job in March after posting racist tweets — spared Smith the ax but fined him 90 days’ pay and extended his probationary period to five years from the normal 18 months. Six months was added because of a 2007 DWI conviction.
Cassano “determined that Smith’s actions were very serious violations that brought discredit to the department and warranted a severe penalty,” said FDNY spokesman Frank Gribbon.
Smith is part of a class that was hailed Thursday as the most racially diverse in FDNY history. Of the 242 firefighters, 24 percent is black, 36 percent is Hispanic.
Of the grads, he is one of 76 “priority hires,” minorities who took the FDNY entrance exam in 1999 and 2000 but were passed over. Brooklyn federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis had ordered the FDNY to give them a second chance.
Critics blasted Cassano’s decision to keep Smith.
“It’s an outrageous example of the preferential treatment we’ve been complaining about,” said Paul Mannix, president of Merit Matters, a firefighters group. “This guy has clearly shown no understanding or respect for rank and the importance of following orders.”
Smith raps under the name “Kieon.” His songs are filled with crude sex terms and the N-word. His Twitter page, under “Kieon Thagod,” is rife with vulgarity.
Smith, assigned to Ladder Co. 12 in Chelsea, would not comment. Gribbon said, “He apologized to his entire class of fellow probes.”
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NY Post
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