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Charges to be Filed in 2017 Noose Incident Inside Miami Fire Station

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  • Investigators say one of the supervisors is accused of encouraging and helping subordinates draw lewd pictures on the photos.

Nearly a year and a half after a black Miami firefighter found a noose hanging over a picture of his family ruined by lewd drawings, those allegedly involved in the incident will formally be charged in the case.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has announced a Tuesday afternoon press conference to announce the results of their investigation into the September 2017 incident inside Fire Station No. 12.

A total of six firefighters, including two supervisors, were fired two months after the incident. The announcement does not specify how many of those former employees will be charged.

None of the men – Cpt. William Bryson, Lt. Alejandro Sese, Kevin Meizoso, Justin Rumbaugh, David Rivera and Harold Santana – admitted to placing the noose and all denied the allegations at the time of their terminations.

“In the Miami Fire Department, we hold honor, integrity and respect for our fellow firefighters in the highest regard,” Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban said during the announcement of their terminations. “If you do not believe in this philosophy, I promise you will struggle in our organization.”

Officials found out about an incident “involving sexually explicit and racially offensive conduct” and transferred employees to other stations. After the police department began an internal investigation, 11 firefighters were suspended without pay.

Investigators say one of the supervisors is accused of encouraging and helping subordinates draw lewd pictures on the photos.

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