- A Chicago firefighter-EMT was fired after the city discovered their racist social media posts.
- The city’s inspector general report notes the medic told people on Facebook to take their “ass back over the border.”
- The inspector general’s office also found instances where the firefighter-EMT advocated for hitting protesters with cars.
A Chicago firefighter-EMT lost their job after an investigation discovered they had posted several racist and threatening posts on social media, according to CBS Chicago.
The news of the firing arose from a quarterly report from former Inspector General Joseph Ferguson who wrote that the firefighter-EMT “made multiple racist and offensive comments” online in violation of department and city regulations.
According to the inspector general’s report, the firefighter-EMT told one Facebook commenter to take their “ass back over the border.” The report also alleges the medic’s posts were “particularly directed at Black people,” posting derogatory stereotypes and names like “hoodrat” and “animals.”
The report says the firefighter-EMT mocked an Asian reporter’s name in a post while “writing in a mocking imitation dialect.” It also notes the firefighter-EMT posted a cartoon of someone hitting a protester with their vehicle and another advocating to shoot a person in Kenosha, where a protest held in late August led to two protestors dying from gun wounds.
The department also took umbrage at the firefighter-EMT’s profile picture which included Chicago Fire Department paraphernalia, meaning the department’s logo was beside each of the former employee’s racist, violent comments.
According to the report, the firefighter-EMT was referred to the “ineligible for rehire list” for their posts.
“The firefighter-EMT has since grieved their termination,” the report says.