Los Angeles Times: “The Los Angeles Fire Department is investigating an incident in which a firefighter ‘responded inappropriately’ after being handed a letter to comply with the city’s vaccine mandate, a department spokeswoman said Wednesday. The LAFD member responded to receiving the non-compliance letter by dropping his pants and wiping his buttocks with the letter, leaving fecal matter on the document, before dropping it to the ground, according to the Stentorians of Los Angeles City, a group representing African American firefighters.
“The alleged incident underscores the deep resistance among some within the Fire Department over the city’s mandate that employees be vaccinated. LAFD spokeswoman Cheryl Getuiza said the alleged incident occurred on Nov. 18. ‘The department is aware of the seriousness of the allegations and took immediate action upon learning of this incident,’ she said, declining to comment on the details.
“Getuiza said the firefighter is on paid administrative leave and ‘will face the consequences of any inappropriate acts.’ She did not elaborate on specifically what prompted the leave. An LAFD captain and a chief officer witnessed the incident, the Stentorians said in a statement sent to the Board of Fire Commissioners and city leaders. It took place at Fire Station 69 in Pacific Palisades, the group said.”