Houston Firefighter In Trouble Over Facebook Rant

A Houston Fire Department captain who was upset about his truck being broken into is in hot water over a Facebook rant that threatened Hispanic teenagers in his neighborhood. Captain Lary Batiste is accused of threatening to kill a group of Hispanic teenagers in his neighborhood after someone broke into his truck outside his home. He posted on his Facebook “I will make them deceased if I find them.”

He also reportedly posted “Stupid crooks do stupid things and stupid parents who don’t know where their kids are on a school night/morning must suffer the consequences of burying their child needlessly” and made reference to the Ferguson unrest by saying “that hands up, don’t shoot (expletive) doesn’t work with me.”

Captain Batiste has reportedly been placed on administrative duty while the department investigates.

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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