A trainee firefighter in Detroit, Michigan, was suspended after reportedly posting racially charged comments on social media that took aim at the Black Lives Matter movement (video below)
Firefighter Matt Gabrielson reportedly posted the comments to his Facebook page, criticizing the black community in profanity-laced rants.
“It's about to be a new sport — urban *--- hunt,” one comment read. Another comment accompanied a picture of Gabrielson holding an Ebony magazine and read “who reads this s---.”
The fire department and city officials responded to the controversial comments following Gabrielson’s suspension, reports Fox 2 Detroit.
“Late last week, we received complaints from members of the public and Fire Department employees concerning offensive comments on social media. The probationary Detroit firefighter involved has been suspended without pay pending an investigation into the matter,” a statement from Executive Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins read.
Gabrielson’s comments garnered criticism from those within the Black Lives Matter movement, including EMU and Oakland University professor Charles Bell.
“I definitely think he should be terminated, immediately, and it should send a message that black lives do matter,” Bell said. “He should be fired and that should be the end of the story.”
Gabrielson subsequently offered a brief message in response to his suspension, but maintained that he was unable to comment in depth on the issue.
“I am currently suspended pending an investigation. I was advised by my union to not disclose any information,” he said. Since being suspended, the firefighter deleted his Facebook page.