Texas Captain Fired For Obama Noose Facebook Photo

A Texas fire captain has been terminated over a Facebook post he made that depicted President Obama with a noose around his neck.

Captain Alfred Decker was fired today from the La Marque Fire Department. The image of President Obama reportedly came from a veteran’s group, but was not Captain Decker’s only problem. He reportedly made a derogatory post about Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and was accused of misconduct associated with the demolition of a building that sustained a fire.

Dave Statter has full coverage of the story.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
  • mr618

    And yet another racist firefighter gets hoist on his own petard…

    I often wonder if the hysteria level would be the same if Obama were Caucasian.

  • Steve

    mr618,
    Maybe you should consider the sordid history our country has concerning lynching in the not too distant past, that might account for the “hysteria” of a photo of this POTUS with a noose around his neck…

    • mr618

      Steve, my apologies, I wasn’t clear in my comment. I am fully aware of our sordid history. I was thinking more along the lines of the ultra conservatives being a little more accepting of Obama had he been white. There has been a tremendous amount of racist hatred aimed at Obama in addition to (often deserved) criticism of his policies and actions. There were no pictures of Bush being hanged or depicting him as a witch doctor, or with a bucket of fried chicken in his lap (although there were plenty depicting his alleged ignorance and/or apathy).
      How much of the hatred for Obama is because of his performance, and how much because there is a black man in the White House?

      • Steve

        mr618,
        Spot on, sir. Great reply.

  • bblack

    Your freedom of speech is not relevant when you are speaking as a public official. This guy screwed up because he posted as a city official.

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