OH Fire Chief ‘Embarrassed’ by Firefighter Who Sprayed Man Filming Scene

Firefighter facing away with turnout gear

Sean McDonnell

Akron Beacon Journal


Akron fire Chief Clarence Tucker told City Council he was “truly appalled” after seeing an Akron firefighter use a hose to spray an activist filming him.

“I can tell you that that type of behavior is unacceptable, and it will not be tolerated under any measure in the Akron Fire Department,” Tucker said during the meeting. “I am embarrassed, and I will take care of the situation once we complete our investigation.”

The incident, which was captured on video and uploaded to a YouTube channel called Ryan Ohio Protests, shows an Akron firefighter cleaning a sidewalk after a stabbing on Saturday.

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The firefighter is then shown spraying the man filming with a fire hose.

Tucker told Council Monday night that the firefighter was put on administrative leave, and that an internal investigation is underway.

Reach Reporter Sean McDonnell at 330-996-3186 or smcdonnell@thebeaconjournal.com.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Fire Chief ’embarrassed’ by firefighter who sprayed man filming crime clean up


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