A veteran Jacksonville fire lieutenant has been reassigned to headquarters as the department investigates complaints into his social media posts. Anthony Treadwell is accused of posting photos depicting Aunt Jemima and the Confederate flag, along with commentary supporting the group “Proud Boys”.
According to News4JAX, the Florida Proudboys have been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Jacksonville Fire Rescue reportedly took action to investigate the posts as soon as they became aware of them. News4JAX quoted the city’s public affairs director, Nikki Kimbleton, as saying: “While the matter is under investigation, Treadwell has been reassigned to JFRD HQ and will have no official interaction with the general public.”
Lt. Treadwell sued the city in 2018 claiming he was retaliated against when he testified on behalf of an African American firefighter in a discrimination case. He received a $30,000 settlement.
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