Miami Fire Captain Blames 'S**tbag Parents'

Captain Brian Beckmann lets loose on Facebook
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Fondue
Posted Apr 16, 2012 4:37 PM CDT
Miami Fire Captain Blames 'S**tbag Parents'
Trayvon Martin's parents, Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton, attend a House Judiciary Committee briefing Tuesday.   ((Jacquelyn Martin))

A Miami-Dade fire captain weighed in on the Trayvon Martin shooting last week with a withering Facebook message—apparently aimed at Martin's parents, Huffington Post reports. "Listening to Prosecutor Corey blow herself and her staff for five minutes before pre-passing judgment on George Zimmerman," wrote Captain Brian Beckmann. "I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, shitbag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents, but like Mrs. Corey, we speak only the truth."

The post has kindly been pulled (screenshot here), but Miami-Dade Fire Rescue says it's investigating. And a few of Beckmann's colleagues have told Local10 they're not happy that he claimed to speak for them. What's more, the Miami Herald reports that Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, is considered a "well-respected" coordinator for an inner city housing program. As for Beckmann, he's choosing to keep mum for now: "It's under investigation," he told a Miami Herald reporter. "I can't talk to you." (For another take on the shooting, Bill Cosby blames guns, not racism.)

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