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Originally published 4.27.09
By Jesse Muhammad, Final Call Staff Writer
HOUSTON (FinalCall.com) – Members of the Houston Black Firefighters Association are pressing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe a recent noose incident and the alleged discriminatory treatment of members.
One of the group’s members, Jesse O’Quinn, discovered a hangman’s noose at a Houston fire station located on the east side of town. As reported by KHOU Channel 11 News, the noose was hanging in a White supervisor’s partially opened locker door. Mr. O’Quinn spotted it and reported it to the assistant fire chief only to be reprimanded for not following the chain of command
â€œWe are outraged by this incident and the fact that they would reprimand him (Mr. O’Quinn) for reporting it. That’s crazy,â€ said Capt. Otis Jordan, president of Black firefighters group, to The Final Call. He has served in the field for 29 and has led the organization for nine years.
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