Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responds after retired member yells 'white power' in video
The department said in a statement that the former firefighter's words do not reflect the department's values
By Laura French
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida fire department has issued a statement after a man yelling "white power" in a widely-circulated video was identified as a retired member of the department.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said in a Twitter post that, "The statement made by a longtime retired employee does not reflect Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's core values of integrity and respect for the diverse and multi-cultural community we serve."
The video of the man shouting "white power" at counterprotesters during a parade supporting President Donald Trump at The Villages retirement community gained widespread attention after Trump retweeted it saying, "Thank you to the great people of The Villages," according to the Miami Herald.
The retweet was later removed and a White House spokesperson said Trump did not hear the white supremacist slogan before sharing the video.
The man was later identified as Roger Stokes, 71, a retired Miami-Dade County firefighter.
The fire department concluded its statement saying the former member was acting as a private citizen and "his views and actions are NOT representative of who we are or what we stand for." The department did not mention Stokes by name.
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