Los Angeles Fire Chief Responds to Jury Verdict

Friday, June 08, 2007 |

From the Office of the Fire Chief...


"This case highlights the difficulties and challenges that face the Fire Department. As Fire Chief of the Department, I am concerned with the impact the verdict and the amount of the award has on the Fire Department.

The Department remains committed to embracing diversity and maintaining a work environment that is free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

The Fire Department, with the support of the Mayor continues to move forward with the creation of a Professional Standards Bureau that will address the Department’s discipline issues in a consistent, fair, and expedient manner."
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Media Contact:
Captain Antoine McKnight
Community Service Unit
Los Angeles Fire Department
Phone: (213) 978-3824
Cell: (213) 359-9415


LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

While I had hoped to keep the ability to comment on this thread open, especially for members of the community to offer their personal perspective on the Fire Chief's statement, it has sadly not proven productive for me to do so.

With more than 80 comments still in queue, the notion of my spending precious work or home time moderating this particular thread is sadly not feasible.

The ability to allow comments though, was a good experiment. It helped me realize that I should continue to point those who are energized (yet feel a need to stay anonymous) to other forums where they may expend their passion or vitriol. Because, at the end of the day, the most important diversity of all is diversity of opinion.

To the few of you who called our office to discuss this thread, I extend my appreciation. It was nice to speak with you.

My closure of this particular comments thread does not come as the result of any external influence, but merely out of my need to prioritize my very limited time.

I'm appreciative of those who took the time to write in a thoughtful and polite manner - and I hope that you (and in fact all who wrote) will consider sending your statements directly to Chief Barry, the Fire Commission, elected leaders, Union Officials and others who are in charge of our agency and its truly promising future.

To those who missed the earlier messages... they were almost uniformly from active duty or retired LAFD members who expressed frustration and anger at LAFD management past and present.

Oh, and I should mention...

I've got a heavy travel schedule and a new baby due within three weeks, so my absence from the blog in the coming days should not be seen as some manner of conspiracy.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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