Detroit fire officials investigating racist online posts - WNEM TV 5

Detroit fire officials investigating racist online posts

Posted: Updated:
Stock photo Stock photo
DETROIT (AP) -

A Detroit Fire Department official has been placed on administrative leave without pay after a civil rights organization said it found racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic social media posts purportedly written by him.

Michigan's chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the writer of the posts boasted he is a captain in the fire department's Emergency Medical Services division.

It says the written content targeted immigrants, Muslims and other minority groups, and offensive images were taken at a Detroit fire station.

The council says some Muslims in the city's EMS division are directly supervised by the fire official.

Fire Commissioner Eric Jones says in a statement that the posts "are profoundly disturbing" and are being investigated.

The employee has not been charged and his name wasn't released by fire officials.

Copyright 2017 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.