Demoted Miami-Dade Firefighter Wins Appeal, Regains Captain Rank

CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBS4) – An arbitrator has concluded a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue employee demoted over a Facebook post should be restored to his previous rank of captain.

Brian Beckmann was busted down two ranks to firefighter after one of his posts on the social media site referred to “urban youths” the product of “(expletive), ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents.”

The Facebook post was published in response to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teen from South Florida shot and killed in Sanford.

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After public backlash which included protests, Beckmann was demoted.

He challenged the demotion along with his union, the Local 1403 Metro Dade Firefighters, International Association of Firefighters.

“I do not recall testifying that I said it was in poor judgment, but in hindsight, yes it was,” Beckmann said of the internet post when he testified in February.

Another hearing was…

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