The South Florida fire captain who called Trayvon Martin's parents “failed, s---bag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents” on his Facebook has now been demoted.
According to the Miami Herald, Fire Captain Brian Beckmann was demoted to the lowest rank of firefighter after a two-hour administrative hearing and will have to submit to a psychological evaluation and take diversity-training courses before he can rejoin the ranks.
Beckmann’s remarks were in response to State Attorney Angela Corey’s decision to file second-degree murder charges against George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old accused of shooting Trayvon as he cut through his Florida condo complex in February.
"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.
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."
Beckmann said he had copy and pasted the message, and later apologized for its content.
Beckmann reportedly told Miami-Dade Fire Chief William Bryson in a statement:
"I promise that I will try harder than ever to be a decent and professional public servant to the citizens of Miami-Dade County."
The union representing Beckmann has filed an appeal, according to WSVN News, arguing that “the facts in this case do not warrant the discipline handed out today.”
Either way, Beckmann’s comments were extremely insensitive and uncalled for.