Racism Charge Enflames DC Fire Department

From WashingtonTimes.com:

By Andrea Noble

Washington, DC, firefighters and department officials are disputing whether orders were issued to halt the possibility of protests at Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s State of the District address, scheduled for Tuesday.

The dispute came the same day a senior spokesman for the department acknowledged posting comments on social-media sites that labeled a prior protest by firefighters against the chief’s leadership as “racist.”

Over the weekend, firefighters began circulating photographs of what they say were orders handwritten into fire-station logbooks that outlined whether firefighters could attend the mayoral address, how they could behave, and what they were expected to wear.

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