- Faith & Family
There have been at least three or four protests down at the 111 Building where concerned citizens and community activists have demanded that Miami-Dade Fire Captain Brian Beckmann either step down or be removed from office. That’s in light of his inflammatory and highly-prejudiced comments about Black youth and their parents on his Facebook page. Sometimes, social media is not our friend. Moreover, those who serve the community should be cognizant of the words they say and write. P.U.L.S.E. Executive Director Rev. Nathaniel Wilcox and a group of like-minded folks, said they recently met with County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and made it clear to him that they were unwilling to tolerate such conduct and pay the salary of one who would use such insidious words. Looks like Beckmann could be looking for a new gig real soon.
A strange development has occurred in the case of George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder and now awaiting trial for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman has set up a Twitter account, a Facebook page and a website. It’s said he even has a PayPal account and has gotten close to $200,000 in donations to help him pay for his defense. Did he really use some of this money to pay his bond? That’s what the word is. Is that legal? Is it ethical? Either way, looks like the former wanna-be-cop-turned-vigilante-executioner has some friends with a lot of dough.