Providence Firefighter Investigated for Gesture Made During Ferguson Protest

A Providence firefighter is under investigation for a gesture he allegedly made while on-duty during a protest held in front of Providence Fire Department Headquarters last week. The protest followed the decision of a Missouri grand jury not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown.

Here is the raw footage of the protest. The firefighter appears in the second floor window of the fire station at approximately 11:10 into the video and obviously gets the attention of the crowd.


Here is news coverage of the incident.

The firefighter has reportedly been informed he will be facing some disciplinary action, but the firefighter’s identify and penalty have not been released.

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.

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