EMS lieutenant suspended without pay for racist tweets
Another FDNY employee has come under fire for racist tweets, the NY Post reported, the second in as many weeks.
Despite a warning from the EMS union in January tipping members off that the department was keeping an eye out for inappropriate uses of social media, Timothy “Bad Lieutenant” Dluthos didn’t stop using his Twitter account — even the recent outing of fire commissioner Sal Cassano’s 23-year-old son didn’t stop Dluhos from tweeting rants mocking and deriding various minority groups.
Joseph Cassano, 23, resigned last Monday over tweets complaining about his job, Jews and African-Americans.
Dluthos, who tweeted under the name “Bad Lieutenant” with the handle @BKNorthLt and used a picture of Hitler as his avatar, was suspended for 30 days, the Post reported.
He has claimed that he was simply venting due to his stressful job, referring to Bedford-Stuyvesant, the neighborhood in which EMS Station 57 is located, as “like a battlefield.”
A source reportedly told the Post that his punishment could range from a fine to termination.
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