LA anti-vax firefighter drops pants and wipes his butt with vaccine order, probe ordered

'The department is aware of the seriousness of the allegations and took immediate action,' said LAFD spokeswoman Cheryl Getuiza


                            LA anti-vax firefighter drops pants and wipes his butt with vaccine order, probe ordered
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The Los Angeles Fire Department has launched a probe into an incident where one of the staff members allegedly took a bizarre route to protest against the city’s vaccine mandate. A department spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, November 24, that a firefighter “responded inappropriately” after receiving a letter to comply with the city’s vaccine mandate.

The reported incident happened when the worker was given the letter, but he took off his pants, wiped his buttock using that letter and left fecal matter on it before throwing it, the Stentorians of Los Angeles City, a group representing African American firefighters, said.

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According to LAFD spokeswoman Cheryl Getuiza, the alleged episode happened on November 18. “The department is aware of the seriousness of the allegations and took immediate action upon learning of this incident,” Getuiza said without elaborating much. She also stated that the staff member, whose name has not been revealed, has been placed on paid administrative leave and “will face the consequences of any inappropriate acts,” before adding, “No matter how our members react, all city employees must abide by the city ordinance — either file for an exemption, get vaccinated, or face termination.”

A statement issued by the Stentorians to the Board of Fire Commissioners and city leaders noted that an LAFD captain and a chief officer saw whatever happened on November 18 at Fire Station 69 in Pacific Palisades. The statement read, “The LA City Stentorians are sickened and disgusted by this horrific display of unprofessionalism. To date, we have not heard from anyone from the LAFD administration condemning this act of blatant disrespect and harassment.”

The Stentorians have also asked the mayor, City Council and fire commission “to take swift and immediate action to deter any city employee from feeling entitled and not encouraged but empowered to behave in such an embarrassing and threatening manner,” while describing the employee’s behavior a “terminable” offense. The group also included an image of the firefighter holding what seemed like a discolored document with the letter.

Harrison Wollman, a spokesman for mayor Eric Garcetti, also responded to the Stentorians’ statement and said the “mayor’s expectation is that fire department leadership will handle this matter definitively, and make it clear that these appalling actions will not deter enforcement of rules that we’ve put in place to save lives.” And Jimmie Woods-Gray, president of the Fire Commission, added: “I am beyond appalled at such an act by an LAFD firefighter.” She also called for “strong corrective action”.

This comes months after a fire captain at the LAFD was put under investigation after he slammed the city's vaccine mandate. Captain Christian Granucci reportedly shared a 12-minute video on Telegram in August, which was then re-shared on YouTube by another person. The video showed Granucci saying, “This is about freedom of choice. The department has said we can seek medical exemption… that is a pie in the sky. We can even seek religious exemptions, but they know they have end-runs around those. The vaccinations will come. And then after that, it will be a booster, and another booster and another booster. When will this end? When will this tyranny stop?”

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