He wants to wear a pin that symbolizes the hatred and promotes the attacks of police and other public safety personnel. You know, like firefighters.
A California firefighter recently lost a union grievance against the Humboldt Bay Fire Department over a Black Lives Matter pin he was forced to remove from his uniform in March.
The Humboldt Bay Fire Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors sided with Fire Chief Bill Gillespie Wednesday after a five-hour hearing over a Black Lives Matter lapel pin he ordered engineer Matt McFarland to remove from his uniform in March, the Lost Coast Outpost reports.
The hearing featured heated public commentary, numerous witnesses, and arguments from union attorney Jeff Edwards and Humboldt Bay Fire attorney Kendall Swanson about whether or not the pin violates the department’s uniform policy.
The policy only allows lapel pins that are “fire service related and in good taste” and Gillespie argued Black Lives Matter is a political movement not related to firefighting.