Fuming FDNY officials call all firefighters who booed Letita James to ‘come forward’ for ‘education’

In a city where pretty much everything is already political, New York City firefighters are being called out for daring to express their dislike of Attorney General Letitia James.

Members of the FDNY are being told to “come forward” after they reportedly booed James and chanted former President Donald Trump’s name during a promotion ceremony. The firefighters will need to be “educated” according to officials at the department who have made it clear that there is a double standard when exercising freedom of speech.

Video footage from the ceremony at the Christian Cultural Center’s Brooklyn Campus in Starrett City last week shows James, who brought a civil lawsuit against Trump, not getting a warm welcome as she took the podium.

“Oh, come on. We’re in a house of God. First, simmer down,” James told the crowd. “Thank you for getting it out of your system.”

Her remarks were momentarily drowned out at one point when the audience began chanting, “Trump! Trump! Trump!”

“James was invited to speak at the event to honor her friend, The Rev. Pamela Holmes, who was being sworn in as the department’s second female chaplain, and the first Black woman to hold that title,” according to the New York Post.

Now, FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh is reportedly “hunting down” those who expressed themselves, according to the newspaper which reported that  FDNY Chief of Department John Hodges revealed the department’s Bureau of Investigation and Trials is looking into the matter.

“BITS is investigating this, so they will figure out who the members are,” Hodges reportedly wrote in an email Saturday to FDNY chiefs.

“I recommend they come forward. I have been told by the commissioner it will be better for them if they come forward and we don’t have to hunt them down,” he said in the message obtained by The Post.

“The [deputy chiefs] shall direct the captain of the company to make a list of those who come forward and send it directly to [FDNY operations]. I realize members might not come forward but they should know that there is clear video of the entire incident and they will be contacted by BITS if they don’t,” Hodges directed.

The Post reported that the deputy chiefs were given a list of “talking points” that noted, “We want the members to come forward. They will come to headquarters to be educated why their behavior is unacceptable.”

Brooklyn native and retired Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz called the move simply “unconstitutional.”

“Firefighters have an absolute constitutional right to boo the attorney general, and the government has no power to punish them for it,” he told The Post. “So efforts to get the names of the booers is an effort by the government to chill free speech and is unconstitutional.”

A retired member of the FDNY blasted the department’s “political stunt.”

“It was a political stunt for the city to have the AG there. When it backfired, they sent their fascist pit bulls after guys for exercising their First Amendment rights,” he told the newspaper. “Most were off-duty and not in FDNY uniform.”

A firefighters union warned members that the department is in “possession of video footage of the event” and is coming after them.

“As part of this discussion, questions may be asked to specific UFOA members over their actions or their recollections,” the union message read.

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis accused James of “trying to burn down our justice system” and told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that the FDNY “is calling her out on it.”

A spokesman for the FDNY defended the investigation but denied anyone was being hunted down.

“Nobody is hunting anyone down. We’re looking into those who clearly broke department regulations,” Jim Long said. “It has nothing to do with politics. It’s about professionalism at an official event held in a house of worship.”

Frieda Powers


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