South Carolina Captain Fired Over BLM Posts

A Columbia, South Carolina fire captain has been terminated over two Facebook posts criticizing Black Lives Matter protesters who closed down I-126 Sunday evening.

Captain James Morris was terminated today for “conduct unbecoming”, according to Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins. Captain Morris reportedly posted the following:

  • “Idiots shutting down I-126. Better not be there when I get off work or there is going to be some run over dumb asses.”
  • “Public Service Announcement: If you attempt to shut down an interstate, highway, etc on my way home, you best home I’m not one of the first vehicles in line because your ass WILL get run over! Period! That is all…”

Chief Jenkins released a statement regarding the termination saying: “This decision was made to ensure our communities that the Columbia Fire Department will not condone or tolerate this type of unprofessional behavior by an employee.”

wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 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, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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