A FIRE FIGHTER allegedly pulled down his pants and wiped his butt with a letter asking him to comply with Los Angeles’ vaccine mandate.
The incident is believed to have happened on November 18.
The firefighter allegedly dropped his pants and wiped his butt with the letter before dropping it on the ground, according to The Stentorians’ group City of Los Angeles.
Cheryl Getuiza, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, said firefighters are on leave and “will face the consequences of any inappropriate behavior.” LA time report.
She did not go into details of the incident and did not explain the reason for her departure.
Getuiza warned that city employees must follow the rules and “get vaccinated, apply for a waiver or terminate the contract”
Stentorians, who represent African-American firefighters in LA, allege that an LAFD captain and a sheriff witnessed the incident.
In a statement, the group said it was “sick and disgusted” by “the appalling display of unprofessionalism”.
The Stentorians marked the alleged action as “stoppable” and called on the mayor and fire commission to take “swift and immediate action”.
Jimmie Woods-Grey, chairman of the fire committee, said: “I am appalled by such actions by an LAFD firefighter.”
Los Angeles officials sent out notices to workers as part of a vaccination mission.
Unvaccinated or exempted employees must sign a notice instructing them to provide proof of immunization by December 18.
Workers who refuse to comply face the risk of being laid off without pay.
Earlier this month, thousands of workers took to the streets of Los Angeles to protest against the vaccination ban.
The protest was organized by Firefighters 4 Freedom group and took place outside the city hall.
‘ AFTER CALLED BACK’
It was attended by firefighters, police and other city employees according to KTLA5.
John Knox, a member of 4 Freedom Fire Brigade, said: “It is an extreme act on the part of the government because you have no right to tell me what I do with my health care, what I put in my body.”
“The flip side of the task is that they can certainly polarize individuals,” said Annette Regan, an expert in vaccine epidemiology.
Los Angeles is just one city that requires Americans to show proof of vaccinations before entering places like restaurants, movie theaters and gyms.
Covid infections appear to be on the rise after a sharp drop from the peak in August due to the raging Delta variant.
The worst outbreak of the pandemic only started last November, and Los Angeles has become the epicenter of the state’s infection.
Hospitals are overwhelmed with patients and ambulances have to wait outside with people inside them struggling to breathe.
Morgues were at capacity and refrigerated trucks had to be deployed to deal with the overflow.
About 80 percent of eligible residents in Los Angeles County have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine.
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