FIRE DEPT. IN­VES­TI­GAT­ING COM­PLAINT OVER AL­LEGED RE­MOVAL OF BLM BAN­NER

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - Made­line Ken­ney

The Chicago Fire Depart­ment on Sun­day said it’s launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a re­cent on­line post that al­leged some­one from a firetruck re­moved a Black Lives Mat­ter ban­ner in Ken­wood near Lake Shore Drive.

In a Satur­day post on Nextdoor, a hy­per­local so­cial net­work for neigh­bor­hoods, Adele Cobbs of East Hyde Park said she saw a firetruck trav­el­ing north on Cor­nell Drive to East 47th St. when it sud­denly stopped. She then al­leged that two white men took down a Black Lives Mat­ter ban­ner.

“They lit­er­ally ob­structed traf­fic to do this,” Cobbs wrote. “Un­be­liev­able! They are paid to serve our com­mu­nity and this is what they think about Black lives.”

Cobbs also shared an im­age of Firetruck

No. 15, which be­longs to Sta­tion 45 in Bronzevill­e, be­hind her ve­hi­cle.

Cobbs’ post, which was first re­ported by the Chicago Tri­bune, prompted com­mu­nity ou­trage. CFD spokesper­son Larry Lang­ford said the depart­ment is aware of the post and is look­ing into the al­le­ga­tion.

“The CFD strives to serve every neigh­bor­hood with equal re­sponse and con­cern,” Lang­ford said in a writ­ten state­ment. “We have no tol­er­ance for any con­duct that de­means any of our res­i­dents and vis­i­tors, all of whom we have taken a sworn oath to serve. I as­sure you we will rapidly get to the bot­tom of this and if found to be ac­cu­rate dis­ci­pline and cor­rec­tive ac­tion will be swift and just.”

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