Protesters: Investigation Into Firefighter's Trayvon Martin Comment Moving Too Slow

Protesters say investigation into comments taking too long

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    Protesters gather outside Miami-Dade Fire Rescue headquarters to protest over the investigation into Capt. Brian Beckmann's comments made about the Trayvon Martin shooting.

    Demonstrators gathered outside the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue headquarters Wednesday to protest the pace of an investigation into a firefighter's comments over the Trayvon Martin shooting made on his personal Facebook page.

    The protesters, who assembled outside the headquarters in Doral, claim the internal investigation into Capt. Brian Beckmann is dragging on.

    Miami-Dade Firefighter Catches Heat for Trayvon Martin Facebook Comments

    [MI] Miami-Dade Firefighter Catches Heat for Trayvon Martin Facebook Comments
    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. Brian Beckmann is under fire for comments made on his Facebook page concerning the Trayvon Martin case. The news comes as Martin's mom, Sybrina Fulton, appears at her Miami Gardens church for a Sunday service.

    "The director should come out and speak to the public and apologize for the words of Brian Beckmann," protester Walter Clark said. "At the same time, Brian Beckmann should be fired."

    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue issued a statement Wednesday saying they're still investigating Beckmann's post.

    Controversy Continues Over Firefighter's Trayvon Martin Case Facebook Comments

    [MI] Controversy Continues Over Firefighter's Trayvon Martin Case Facebook Comments
    Reactions continued to roll in Monday to comments that a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue captain made about the Trayvon Martin case on his personal Facebook page, as the department said it would keep investigating the incident and report its findings to Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said in a statement that the comments from Capt. Brian Beckmann "are the opinion of the individual, and does not reflect the feelings of the department as a whole."

    "The investigation is well underway; the department will not be rushed into completing this inquiry," the statement said. "The public is entitled to a thorough fact-finding process, and that is what we will do."

    The post appeared on Beckmann's Facebook page earlier this month, on the same day State Attorney Angela Corey announced that George Zimmerman would be charged with second-degree murder in the Martin shooting.

    Protest Over Firefighter's Trayvon Comment

    [MI] Protest Over Firefighter's Trayvon Comment
    South Florida civil rights leaders protested Wednesday to demand discipline for a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue captain whose comments made about the Trayvon Martin case on his personal Facebook page set off a firestorm of controversy. John Pace, the executive director of the Federation of Black Employees, said he wants Beckmann fired. "He's a public safety figure, I don't want him coming into my community," Pace said Pace. "I'd rather let my house burn." Capt. Brian Beckmann has defended his comments, writing to the NBCUniversal-owned website thegrio.com, "I am a private citizen and have the same right to freely express an opinion on any subject that anyone else does. I choose not to embellish or alter the facts as your employer chose to do."

    In it, Beckmann had disparaging words for the prosecutor, then pondered “whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, (expletive), ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents, but like Mrs. Corey, we speak only the truth. They're just misunderstood little church going angels and the ghetto hoodie look doesn't have anything to do with why people wonder if they're about to get jacked by a thug,” he wrote in the post, obtained by thegrio.com. Thegrio.com is owned by NBC Universal.

    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said in an earlier statement that the comments from Beckmann, who has been with the county since 1997, “are the opinion of the individual, and does not reflect the feelings of the department as a whole."

    Prosecutors say Zimmerman shot Martin, 17, in a gated community in Sanford on Feb. 26. Zimmerman, 28, says he shot Martin in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty.