Los Angeles firefighter investigated for ‘despicable’ act after dropping his pants and wiping his buttocks with the letter provided to him to adhere to the city’s mandate on the Covid vaccine -19.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) told local media on Wednesday that the firefighter had “inappropriately responded” to the vaccination warrant letter and the case was under investigation. investigation.
On November 18, the LAFD member, whose name has not been released, was asked to comply with the vaccination mandate and handed over the document. In defiance, he wiped his butt with it, leaving feces on the document, and dropped it to the floor.
According to Stentorians of Los Angeles City, a group representing African American firefighters, the incident occurred at Station 69 in Pacific Palisades. The fire captain and a chief officer witnessed the incident.
“The LA City Stentorians are sickened and disgusted by this horrific display of unprofessionalism,” they said in a statement, according to the. Los Angeles Times. “To date, we have not heard anyone from the LAFD administration condemn this act of blatant disrespect and harassment.
Calling the incident a “punishable offense,” the group called on authorities “to take swift and immediate action to deter any city employee from feeling empowered and not encouraged but empowered to behave in a manner. also embarrassing and threatening ”.
“The department is aware of the seriousness of the allegations and took immediate action after learning of this incident,” LAFD spokeswoman Cheryl Getuiza said.
Ms Getuiza said the firefighter had been asked to take paid leave and added that he “would face the consequences of any inappropriate act”.
The incident came as a sign of growing resistance among some LAFD employees over the city’s vaccine mandate. The Los Angeles authorities have made vaccination a must for all firefighters. Those who don’t get the jab by the Dec. 18 deadline risk losing their jobs.
The ordinance sparked some concern among unions, who demanded that no one be fired for failing to comply with the vaccination mandate, and also filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the city.
Despite growth A body of evidence showing the safety and effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines, some hesitation remains in the United States. However, more than 70 percent of the city’s firefighters are vaccinated, but some have requested exemptions for medical and religious reasons.
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