A fire captain in Houston, Texas, is under investigation for a Facebook rant directed towards Hispanic teens that broke into his car.
Captain Lary Batiste's rant included threats towards the teens, with the firefighter at one point saying he would "make them deceased." Bastiste also referenced the now-famous "hands up, don't shoot" gesture that many across the nation are doing in protest of the grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. "That 'hands up, don't shoot' s*** won't work with me!" the post read.
“Stupid crooks do stupid things and stupid parents who don't know where their kids are on a school night/morning must suffer the consequences of burying their child needlessly,” one part of the post read.
“For this, they just got their Christmas, gradution, wedding, and kids birthday parties cancelled because I will make them deceased if I find them.”
Fire department spokesman Ray Lozano said that an investigation into the incident would be complete “in as short as a couple of weeks.”
According to the Daily Mail, the Houston Fire Department has faced racism allegations in the past. Firefighter Kerry Williams was relieved and transferred to administrative duty this past June for a Facebook post that described a missing drowning victim as a “drunk Mexican.”
Batiste’s post, specifically the reference to the Michael Brown killing, comes at a time when tensions between law enforcement and minorities have worsened with the many high-profile cases of police brutality recently. Brown’s shooting death by officer Darren Wilson, the chokehold death of New York resident Eric Garner by an NYPD officer and the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland have all become significant cases, causing nationwide protests and riots.
Lary Batiste was reassigned following his controversial post and is currently on administrative duty.
Source: The Daily Mail / Photo Credit: khou.com, Wikimedia Commons