MILWAUKEE — Charges are coming after a brown figurine was found hanging by a looped ribbon in a Milwaukee fire station, the department said Sunday.
The Milwaukee Fire Department Administration said it was notified about the incident on Feb. 13. Officials said the figurine was found hanging by a pink looped ribbon and the person responsible has self-identified.
The investigation revealed that those who knew or should have known about the incident were from some ranks such as lieutenant, captain, battalion chief and more.
“Numerous members will have letters of reprimand placed in their files, memorializing their failure to maintain good order. While the investigation’s findings do not reveal a deliberate or intentional racist or sexist intent, nor an effort to target any individual member or group, it is no small matter that our failure, collectively, to maintain and reinforce an environment and culture within which an occurrence such as this would instantly be questioned and stopped, bears much responsibility for this,” said the Milwaukee Fire Department Administration in a press release.
“We affirm our mission to attain and foster a diverse workforce. We affirm our goals to provide all of our employees the opportunity and growth at every rank on the Milwaukee Fire Department, and, we reinforce our expectation that all employees will treat each other with dignity and respect, regardless of perceived differences. The Milwaukee Fire Department understands this incident did not meet our expectations or our obligations, and we have work to do in order to rebuild the trust and solid relations we have long enjoyed across all communities.”
The release also says that the administration said the investigation will be handed over to the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission and the department will undergo “anti-harassment training.”