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Miami-Dade Fire Captain Brian Beckmann Demoted Over Facebook Post Blaming Trayvon Martin Situations On 'Shitbag' Parents (VIDEO)

Posted: Updated: 05/21/2012 10:04 am

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The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue official who wrote on Facebook that "failed, shitbag, ignorant" parents are to blame in cases like the shooting death of unarmed Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin has been demoted.

Captain Brian Beckmann, who has been with Fire Rescue since 1997, was demoted two rungs to the lowest rank of firefighter during a Monday morning administrative hearing and will be required to undergo a psychological evaluation and undergo diversity training, as first reported by CBS Miami.

Though the firefighters union said it would appeal the ruling, WSVN reports Beckmann submitted an apology to Fire Chief William Bryson, stating in part:

"I promise that I will try harder than ever to be a decent and professional public servant to the citizens of Miami-Dade County... My family has suffered tremendously and this has been punishment beyond anything I ever imagined."

A screencap of Beckmann's comments was first published on TheGrio.com when its source expressed concern at "the thoughts of someone who responds to the homes of the very people" disparaged on his Facebook page, which cites Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403.

The rant was reportedly published April 11, the same night special prosecutor Angela Corey announced second degree murder charges against George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who shot Martin after he spotted the black 17-year-old walking through his father's gated community in Sanford, wearing a hoodie. Wrote Beckmann:

"Listening to Prosecutor Corey blow herself and her staff for five minutes before pre-passing judgment on George Zimmerman. The state seeks reelection again, truth aside. 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. They're just misunderstood little church going angels and the ghetto hoodie look doesn't have anything to do with why people wonder if they're about to get jacked by a thug."

Though Beckmann defended his right to "freely express an opinion...not embellish or alter the facts," Fire Rescue shortly launched an investigation while outraged citizens took to both the streets in protest and the department's Facebook page to call for his firing.

"While Capt. Beckmann should be able to practice his 1st Amendment protections," wrote a Facebook commenter, "being that he is a 'leader' in the MDFR organization I seriously question his judgment and ability to make good sound decisions, especially where the community he supposedly protects is concerned."

Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, is a "well-respected" program coordinator at the Miami-Dade County Housing Authority, where she has worked for 23 years, according to the Miami Herald. His father Tracy Martin is a truck driver.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement that he supports the demotion and has asked for a tighter revision of social media policies, according to Local10:

"The comments made by Captain Beckmann were reprehensible and will not be tolerated. We can't have our employees, especially a supervisor, making such disparaging comments about any member of our community, much less one of our own employees...

"There's no such thing as being off-the-clock; we are public servants 24/7 and must conduct ourselves with the utmost professionalism at all times."

View images from an April 1 'Rally for Justice' in Miami:

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  • Miami Rally To Honor Trayvon Martin

    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Mohawk Gaz wears a picture of Trayvon Martin in his hair as he and other supporters gather for a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Tamarii Cummings and his mother Patricia Cummings, who are related to Trayvon Martin, pray along with other supporters as they gather during a rally in Trayvon's honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • Clifford Combry holds his daughter, Harmony, on his shoulders as thousands gather for a rally demanding justice for Trayvon Martin in downtown Miami, Sunday, April 1, 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Briona Jones and Sara Smith, right, comfort each other as thousands gathered in downtown Miami, Sunday, April 1, 2012, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin during a rally that featured national civil rights leaders. The rally comes a day after thousands marched through Sanford, the Florida town where Martin, 17, was shot and killed in February. Protesters say they will continue holding marches and rallies until an arrest is made. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Members of the audience hold signs of support as thousands gathered in downtown Miami, Sunday, April 1, 2012, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin during a rally that featured national civil rights leaders.The rally comes a day after thousands marched through Sanford, the Florida town where 17-year-old Martin was shot and killed in February. Protesters say they will continue holding marches and rallies until an arrest is made. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a rally in honor of Trayvon Martin at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: The parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin (L) and Sybrina Fulton (2nd R) stand with the Rev. Al Sharpton (C) and Rev. Jesse Jackson (far R) as they all attend a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Singer, Chaka Khan (R), hugs Sybrina Fulton the mother of Trayvon Martin as they attend a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • Florida Political Leaders Hold Rally To Honor Trayvon Martin In Miami

    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: With Rev. Al Sharpton (in gray suit) urging people to donate money a worker holds out a bucket for people to put money into as they attend a rally in honor of Trayvon Martin at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Trayvon Martin supporters gather for a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Trayvon Martin supporters gather for a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Emma Dagust and her daughter, Arielle Dagust, holds a sign as they and other Trayvon Martin supporters gather for a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Trayvon Martin supporters gather for a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Susana Diaz holds a sign as she and other Trayvon Martin supporters gather for a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Jazmen Nelson and other Trayvon Martin supporters gather for a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Emma Dagust and her daughter, Arielle Dagust, as they and other Trayvon Martin supporters gather for a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Trayvon Martin supporters gather for a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Audrey Paul holds a sign as she and Trayvon Martin supporters gather for a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Trayvon Martin supporters gather for a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Rev. Al Sharpton (L) sits with the parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin (C) and Sybrina Fulton (R) as they all attend a rally in honor of Trayvon at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Singer, Chaka Khan, attends a rally in honor of Trayvon Martin at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: The parents of Trayvon Martin (L-R) Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton stand with the Rev. Jesse Jackson (C) as they all attend a rally in his honor at the Bayfront Amphitheater on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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  • 'Yvette Grier brought her boys with signs and hoodies to the rally for #trayvonmartin'

  • 'Ends with balloon release and Rep Frederica Wilson saying, "we love you Trayvon."'

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