Following the dismissal of six Miami firefighters after a noose was found hanging over a black colleague's family picture, the victim says he's angry but is trying to move forward. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ATTN: EDITORS, THIS STORY REPLACES AN EARLIER VERSION, THAT INCLUDED PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE SIX DISMISSED FIREFIGHTERS. PLEASE MAKE NO FURTHER USE OF THE EARLIER VERSION. APOLOGIES FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Six Miami firefighters were fired after this noose was found hanging over a black colleague's family picture. Several other pictures belonging to the African-American lieutenant were defaced with lewd drawings. The 17-year department veteran, who wants to keep his identity concealed, spoke out about the September 9th incident that happened at a city fire station. SOUNDBITE: VICTIM, SAYING: "I am angry but it is not going to do no good and start putting my hands on people. The only thing I could think of was to initiate the process, contact my superiors and let them know." A fire department captain, a lieutenant and four firefighters were fired for defacing the photos and failing to report the incident. Five more are facing demotions or discipline. Among those fired was William W. Bryson, the son of the city's former fire chief William Shorty Bryson. The elder Bryson was cited by the federal equal employment opportunity commission for discriminating against black members when he was president of the firefighters union in 1992. SOUNDBITE: VICTIM, SAYING: "I want to know where this comes from. Like I said when I first found out the names of those involved. I never had a negative interaction with them. My first question was why." No criminal charges have been filed in the case.