• Brian Beckmann Causes A Five-Alarm Publicity Fire Over Trayvon Martin Comment.

    “Listening to Prosecutor Corey blow herself and her staff for five minutes before pre-passing judgment on George Zimmerman. The state seeks reelection again, truth aside. I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, shitbag, 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.”

    The above quoted came from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue captain Brian Beckmann. You could have found it on his Facebook page*...if he hadn't deep-sixed it after the outrage it generated. As many have mentioned, he had the minerals to mouth off, but none to which he could stand behind his words.

    “I am a private citizen and have the same right to freely express an opinion on any subject that anyone else does. I choose not to embellish or alter the facts as your employer chose to do.”

    Brian, I think Bob Norman wants to have a few words with you. So do most supporters of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

    If Fire Chief William Bryson has any sense of preservation about him, he'd put this to bed quick and let Beckmann mouth off to his heart's content in the comfort of his own home while he draws unemployment.

    By the way, both parents of Trayvon Martin are gainfully employed. Even if they weren't, it shouldn't matter. Just like the recasting of Trayvon's image into stereotypical thugdom, recasting his parents as welfare cases is just part and parcel of how some people wish to justify not only their own bigotry, but as a way to dismiss and belittle those misfortunes that visit black Americans day after day.

    Meanwhile, in a seedy, forgotten corner of the Internet:

    The man is dead on when he states that (he) has the right to (his) opinion same as anyone.
    Does anyone really think those yard apes are going to allow that to happen?!
    Just more fuel for their fire.

    Classy folks in those corners.

    * If Beckmann had a personal page, it must had been scuttled. Search queries turn up several Brian Beckmanns save for the actual Captain. The closest I've gotten was the Local 1403 page.