Fire Captain Demoted For Trayvon Martin Facebook Post (VIDEO)

Source: Karen Franklin / / MSNBC

MIAMI — A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue captain, whose Facebook comment about the Trayvon Martin shooting spurred an investigation, was demoted two ranks to firefighter Monday in a letter from the fire chief.

Brian Beckmann, who posted the comment April 11, must also complete a Fit for Duty evaluation and diversity and/or sensitivity training, the letter from Fire Chief William Bryson said. Beckmann may appeal the decision within 14 days.

owan Taylor, president of International Association of Firefighters Local 1403 wrote in an email statement that he disagrees with the demotion.

“As union President, I believe this discipline is excessive. We will immediately file an appeal to an independent arbitrator,” Taylor said.

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