Black and White Creates Gray Area in Fire Department Mileage Scandal

Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune, August 11, 2011

I believe I now know why Mayor Rahm Emanuel was so measured, so passionless, in responding to reports last week about widespread mileage-reimbursement fraud in the city’s Fire Prevention Bureau.

Word had leaked out that an investigation by city Inspector General Joseph Ferguson found 54 employees in that division had submitted more than $100,000 in bogus expense claims in a single year–a brazen alleged theft of scarce public resources.

Yet instead of vowing to make an example of the offenders to underscore his commitment to high ethical standards, Emanuel fretted that the expense of trying to fire them would likely exceed the amount of the loss, at least for that one year.

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The Fire Prevention Bureau happens to be a haven for minority firefighters in a department that is otherwise, problematically, predominantly white.

Overall, the Chicago Fire Department is roughly 70 percent white even though the city is only about 40 percent white.

But the Fire Prevention Bureau is at least 70 percent black and Hispanic, according to Gregory Boggs, president of Chicago’s African-American Firefighters and Paramedics League.

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Fair enough. But the upshot, Boggs said, is that 83 percent of the firefighters implicated in the IG’s investigation of mileage fraud are black and Hispanic.

This would be awkward enough under any circumstances. But is particularly awkward given the federal appellate court ruling in May that the city must pay some $30 million in damages to blacks who applied for Fire Department jobs but were denied based on the results of what courts have found to have been a discriminatory entrance exam.

Additionally, the court ruled the city must hire 111 new African-American firefighters.

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Deputy Fire Commissioner Nick Russell, a former president of the African-American Firefighters and Paramedics League, was active in bringing attention to the lack of diversity in the department and has been in charge of the Fire Prevention Bureau since the summer of 2008.

The department decision to reassign Russell in the wake of the reported scandal was the focus of a protest rally on behalf of the accused firefighters at St. Sabina Catholic Church on the South Side earlier this week.

Boggs said Russell and the others implicated in the investigation were merely following the long-standing practice in the bureau of inflating mileage reports to compensate for the actual expenses of insuring and operating personal vehicles on city business.

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  • Anonymous

    If Blacks cannot be held to the unfair standards of Whites, then Whites cannot be handicapped by the “weighing-down” brought on by Blacks.

    The only fair and just solution is separation. What we have now, Blacks preying on Whites while enjoying unfettered access to Whites and White creations, is parasitic as a whole and deleterious to Whites.

  • rjp

    CFD (and CPD) seems to be ripe with corruption. Walk past any station with parking. You will see two classes of vehicles, vehicles you would expect a firefighter (or policeman) to drive, and high-end imports and Escalades and the like. I don’t think is is tough to figure out who you will see exit the station leave in the differing classes of vehicles. I think they all should be audited, especially the one’s showing to much flash.

  • the Guru

    Why doesn’t this surprise me? One can vent ad infinitum and feel good for the moment. Come on folks come up with some good solutions! Start emailing, letters to editors, town hall meetings, making public aware and so on. AS I SAID ON ANOTHER POST TAKE PICTURES AND GATHER IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE. I think one needs to be pro-active rather than just complain.

  • Intelliboy

    Another fantastic example of the contribution of nonwhites. This is what they mean when they keep telling europeans that immigrants are ready to do things that they themselves are not ready to do. Whites are lousy thieves.

  • Anonymous

    Fair enough. But the upshot, Boggs said, is that 83 percent of the firefighters implicated in the IG’s investigation of mileage fraud are black and Hispanic.

    This would be awkward enough under any circumstances. But is particularly awkward given the federal appellate court ruling in May that the city must pay some $30 million in damages to blacks who applied for Fire Department jobs but were denied based on the results of what courts have found to have been a discriminatory entrance exam.

    Additionally, the court ruled the city must hire 111 new African-American firefighters.

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    Insanity rules supreme at the expense of our White race and our very survival.

    Haven’t most Whites figured that out yet? What is wrong with them? Is it that maybe they have truly BECOME insane in the last 50 or so years? It is like some evil force has injected the White race only, with some sort of hidden “virus” that attacks those Whites that aren’t strong enough (mentally) to fight it off. Are they the living dead? They sure do act like it.

  • olewhitelady

    I can’t imagine why any white would want the job of mayor in a city that’s a crumbling mess of black incompetence. Emanuel’s already shaky reputation is being completely ruined by his growing list of lies and coverups of black crime and malfeasance.

  • SF Paul

    What is the purpose of the african american firefighters and paramedics league? Do they play basketball or football? What is this league for? I just do not understand. Just sounds exclusive and racist to me.

  • Istvan

    The Fire Prevention Bureau happens to be a haven for minority firefighters in a department that is otherwise, problematically, predominantly white.

    “Problematically white”, but the Fire Prevention Bureau, which is mostly non-white, isn’t problematic? Only whites are “problematic”. Secession is the only answer. We need to be far away from “people of color” and their white supporters as possible.

  • (AWG) Average White Guy

    Drive through the black neighborhood and have a look, then ask: Are these people competent to conduct emergency services? Some are. Most are not.

  • sbuffalonative

    ” problematically, predominantly white.”

    “Overall, the Chicago Fire Department is roughly 70 percent white even though the city is only about 40 percent white.”

    Would making the FD predominantly black be less problematic?

    Firemen earn relatively good money so I don’t believe most whites would give up their positions or stop applying for these jobs. One can only wonder what a predominantly black fire department in a major city would be like but I believe we could hazard a guess. I wish we could run the experiment but as I said, whites aren’t going to abandon good paying jobs with good benefits.

    Could you imagine how disfunctional a majority black affirmative action fire department would be?

  • Anonymous

    Breaking news…blacks can’t be trusted with money!

    Next up…the sun will rise tomorrow morning.

  • CDE

    3 — Istvan: I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been advocating peacefull seraration (secession) for at least a decade. At first people would look at me like I was crazy, but now I seem to be getting more and more positive feedback. I think the time is coming when it might actually be possible. We need vocal prominent leaders such as Pat Buchanan (and Jared Taylor) to take this mainstream. Of course even talk of secession would be deemed “racist” but that could work in our favor. Since secessionists are such unreconstructed racists, then wouldn’t you be better off without them? Imagine living in your own country with only like-minded people.

  • Anonymous

    Look, let’s just get on very quickly with the demise of the decrepit and decadent USA, and initiate an ALL- AFRICAN FIREMAN POLICY, in every city. And I don’t mean African American. Nope, not the 85 IQ from better nutrition and a lot of white blood…I mean pure Bantu, Somali, etc. Let’s face it, if black is better, let’s get the real thing! Sub-70 IQ, super-violent, pre-stoneage Africans.

    The country will burn to the ground in short order.

    Then we can kick out all the scoundrels, and get on with the future.

  • Anonymous

    Any city with a predominantly Black fire department has the potential to burn to the ground one day.

    Notice that Blacks dominate the fire prevention programs in Chicago, whereas Whites dominate fire fighting programs. Gee, I wonder why that is?

  • Chicagoan

    That department is just a hideout composed of unproductive workers pretending to be firemen. It’s unnecessary as it duplicates work done by other city bureaus. Most people didn’t even know it existed. The employees there earn big money, six figures in many cases, yet they still scammed when they thought they could get away with it.

    All local governments are short of income, they endlessly say, yet there’s always plenty of money for the right people. Your tax money at work.

  • Deirdre

    My husband is retired from the FDNY. He says that it is not a popular job with black men and never has been. However, they dominate the Transit authority. It’s not a matter of the FDNY not wanting to hire them – but it becomes problematic when the department’s only recourse is to go out and actually conscript them, because that is what would have to happen. They simply do not like it, on the whole. However, there were two black firemen in his house that were well-liked, carried their weight, etc.

  • Jack

    In other words:

    The “Fire Prevention” jobs are useless make work positions that any moron (minorities) can handle.

    Being a real firefighter takes some heart, dedication and brains so therefor that area is predominantly White.

    What’s new here?

  • The Latest Scoop

    In other words, all the PC all these years was just hookum. Whites really are superior to blacks in all respects or they would be judged on an equal basis. What makes this so hard to understand? They made nothing from the resources of Africa. They come here and tear up what whites give them in less time than it takes to say ‘Brotha’ and people still think they can possibly be on an equal basis with whites. I call it a no brainer, but apparently, others call it an equal brainer.

  • Anonymous

    “Dem blu eyed debbles showed me how to do it.”

    Do they ever take responsibility for their actions?

  • Anonymous

    #18 brings up a point, “They made nothing from the resources of Africa”, with which I disagree. Before modern technology, most of Africa was a brutal environment in which non-Africans could not survive. Africans adapted to this environment in many ways: they can function in high temperatures and humidity; they can withstand high levels of ultraviolet radiation; they are not burdened with unneeded and expensive brain tissue; they have good immunity to tropical diseases. Only modern technology has enabled non-Africans to live in Africa.

  • Question Diversity

    Breaking News: CFD’s Fire Prevention Bureau to gain 111 new employees:

    http://goo.gl/5oyZt

  • john

    Rahm is as ANTI-WHITE as you can get. He wants Chicago to be as “immigrant friendly” as possible. (His words) Immigration causes massive problems that require massive amounts of money,even as Rahm tries to fix the city budget. We have massive massive ruins of what used to be good middle class neighborhoods that the whites have been run out of. Rahm’s mom used to march with “Dr.”King. For “open housing”.