Friday, July 31, 2015

PFD...Where are they now?

Over the past two weeks you have read of the dismal racial history of the Pensacola Fire Department. You have read affidavits regarding racist acts and outright discrimination. You have seen the City Administration dismissing the issues and instead of punishing the firefighters committing these unthinkable acts...they were promoted.  In fact, in some cases, promoted all the way up to Chief. 

Despite the inaction of City leadership both prior to Hayward and over the last 4.5 years of Hayward's neglect, the PFD has moved on.  They have healed from the past and thankfully most, if not all, of the racist individuals are no longer with the Pensacola Fire Department.  The Fire Union membership has elected as their President for the past two terms one of the firefighters that was party to the lawsuit.  The Union has also added anti-discrimination language to their bylaws. 

Our Fire Department is strong.  They are courageous and they are their for their "brother" and for the Citizens.

On the other hand, our Mayor has perpetuated the racial discrimination issues with his actions over the past 4.5 years.  He has stated he can't get past the lawsuit and taken the stance that the issues within the lawsuit are untimely.  In essence punishing the parties to the lawsuit long after their court case. He has neglected to appoint a leader as in doing so, he must make a decision between supporting the actions of the past or setting the future direction.

Of even greater concern are his actions with regard to the lawsuit and it's appeal. 

Why did he through HIS attorneys object and object to a case that's facts were prior to his administration and could easily been settled out of court?

In the past, I have documented the meetings and apparent close friendship between Judge Rodgers and Mayor Hayward.

Jaco's lunches  hayward-used-tax-dollars-for-lunch-with-judge
Going to DC for a FEDERAL Courthouse wth-how-is-federal-courthouse-worth-city-tax-dollars
Daughter interns with the Mayor
Darma Blue lunches
R.E.A.P. travel together  hayward-went-on-reap-related-trip-on-city-dime

Another question that must be asked is why Judge Rodgers has recused herself in some cases involving the City of Pensacola and not others?


Anonymous said...

Hmmm.....the plot thickens!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't even fathom what it would be like to go through something like this! All of those who were partakers in these despicable acts of racism and the mayor who has failed miserably by not taking the appropriate action should be totally ashamed.

Anonymous said...

It sounds to me like the mayor is having a more difficult time getting over the lawsuit than those who had to actually live through the racism and discrimination.

Anonymous said...

You mean the mayor was cozy with the judge who just so happened to be presiding over this case? Rut-ro!!! (In my Scooby Do voice) Can you say corruption?

Anonymous said...

Reading this over the past 2 weeks makes my stomach turn. It's an absolute embarrassment and I am outraged that nothing's being done about it. Community activists where are you?