Firefighter uses Facebook to say he’d delay treatment for African-Americans

As noted by a TV station in Texas, a Dallas firefighter is in trouble after a Facebook post in which he implied that he would delay treatment for African-Americans.

Chad Tyson is a firefighter in Dallas.  He was responding to a Facebook post that a friend of his had made.  The post shares a story about two firefighters in San Diego were stabbed by a black man.  Then the exchange below happened:

Chad Tyson racist Facebook comment

That last comment – “I will delay treatment for more of them as well” comes from Tyson, and what he is saying is pretty clear: He will delay treating African-Americans.  To say that this is not something anyone should say – let alone a firefighter – is an understatement.

Tyson’s comment is now under investigation by the Dallas Fire Department, which said, “We’re looking into it, with an idea towards discipline.”  The Dallas Fire Department does have a social media policy which limits comments like these.

As this blog has covered many times before, while public employees do not forfeit their first amendment rights, comments which could impact their job performance very clearly are inappropriate…to say nothing of comments which would imply that life saving treatment could be delayed because of the color of ones skin.

I suspect Mr. Tyson will find himself on the receiving end of discipline and training.

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