An assistant chief with the Mount Vernon (NY) Fire Department has been suspended after a profanity-laden audio recording of him speaking with a fire lieutenant surfaced. Al-Farid Salahuddin was suspended without pay, and Mayor Andre Wallace was quoted by News 12 as saying he was “disgusted” after listening to it.
The 32 minute recording included inflammatory language with racist overtones, accusing City Council members, current and former mayors, and firefighters of an assortment of misdeeds. It was reportedly recorded in a fire station.
Chief Salahuddin was named in a race discrimination suit earlier this year by another black firefighter who claims he and a captain repeatedly called him “faggot”, “piece of shit”, “white boy lover”, “caterer to the white boys” and “fake brother.” More on the story here.