A Black Miami Beach Fire Department Recruit Says He Was Sexually Harassed

Brian Gentles wanted to be a firefighter even before he arrived in America from Jamaica at age 12. There was something simple and noble about solving other people's problems, not to mention saving their lives. "I was fascinated by putting water on a fire," he says.

Now, however, it's the City of Miami Beach that is scrambling to douse the flames from Gentles's controversial February firing. The powerfully built black 26-year-old claims he was repeatedly harassed as a recruit because of his race. The abuse culminated in another cadet "tea-bagging" him, or putting his exposed testicles on Gentles's face. But when Gentles complained, he contends, he was the one fired — not his attacker.

"This is an injustice," Gentles says. "And the cover-up has been the most painful part."

The claim comes at the worst possible moment for Miami Beach, a city beset by scandals. Last week, former procurement director Gus Lopez was arrested for taking bribes. Meanwhile, fire inspector Henry Bryant is on trial for conspiracy to traffic cocaine.

The firefighter fiasco is also an embarrassment for a department that has a history of treating black recruits badly. The U.S. Justice Department sued the city in 1991 for discriminating against blacks and Hispanics when hiring cops and firefighters. The city later signed a consent decree and allegedly repaired its practices.

But Gentles's story shows things haven't improved. The abuse started shortly after he joined the training program. He was the only black man in the 14-member class. Other recruits made racist jokes, Gentles says. Even his training lieutenant once handed him a Burger King application and said, "Go and be with your people."

"The City of Miami Beach and the Miami Beach Fire Department take allegations of misconduct or discrimination seriously and investigate such matters thoroughly," Fire Chief Javier Otero wrote in an email to New Times. "Once this investigation comes to a close, we will disclose the findings accordingly."

One recruit in particular allegedly made a habit of persecuting Gentles. Daniel Fiorito, a young Italian-American, repeatedly called him a "nigger," Gentles claims. Then, roughly two months into training, Gentles was eating lunch and studying in the academy classroom when Fiorito allegedly whipped his testicles out and hung them inches from his fellow recruit's face.

Fiorito did it again days later, Gentles says. The black recruit awoke from a nap to find Fiorito's nuts on his forehead. When he shoved his comrade away, Fiorito said, "Why don't you lick them?" A third tea-bagging followed. But Gentles didn't complain for fear of being labeled a crybaby. "As a grown man, it's hard to go and report that another man has dehumanized and degraded you like that," he says. "I worked for five years to get that job."

The final straw came on September 24, 2011. Gentles dominated the all-important firefighter combat challenge, placing second in his class. But when Fiorito finished far behind, he aggressively approached Gentles, allegedly calling him a "stupid nigger" and challenging him to a fight.

Gentles met with his superiors to report the abuse a week later, and the department launched an investigation. Fiorito, who is now a firefighter, vigorously denied the allegations but could not be reached for comment. City spokeswoman Nannette Rodriguez says an investigation is ongoing.

In December, Gentles met with Otero. The then-assistant fire chief acknowledged that several other recruits had confirmed his complaints, Gentles says. But when Gentles began to give a recorded statement a few days later, Union President Adonis Garcia allegedly stopped the tape, took him outside the room, and told him not to "snitch" or he would be fired.

Afraid of losing his job, Gentles recanted the story of repeated racism and sexual harassment. But this past February, he was dismissed without explanation. Gentles filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and spent his entire $15,000 savings on legal fees to fight the firing. The city denied him unemployment benefits for seven months, he says, and he couldn't afford his efficiency apartment. He was suddenly homeless, forced to live out of his car and eat meals at Camillus House, all while paying lawyers $400 an hour to fight his case.

Last month, the Fire Department finally agreed to mediation. After ten hours of stonewalling, the city offered him $100,000 (less than $50,000 after lawyers' fees and taxes) and a post as a fire inspector. But the job was limited. After 19 months, he'd have to find other employment.

Desperate, Gentles signed the agreement. But the retired fire chief who was supposed to supervise his return has since reneged. Now Gentles is again demanding a job as a firefighter. He has even recruited former Miami Beach mayoral candidate Steve Berke to his cause.

"Brian is not trying to milk Miami Beach for millions, even though he could," Berke says. "He just wants his job back."

 
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BYE-BYE
BYE-BYE

In a few months this black homosexual will be gone for good....Guess what Mr.Gentles their is nothing you can do...You should thank the attonery that represented you..If you haven't figured it out he wasn't playing for you lol..Dumb black idoit I can tell you are a monkey..Only a monkey would sign something like what you signed...unless they are unable to read.And the comissioners are cool with this..so much for them protecting the constitution lmao.I love Miami Beach..Please continue to take a shit on this black idoit.Anyway the count down has begun ..tick...tock...u will be fired shortly and go back to sucking cock, you  black faggot

PIO_OFFICER
PIO_OFFICER

Adonis Garcia-305 799 9887

Call me i will tell you all about it

 

 

PIO_OFFICER
PIO_OFFICER

I adonis garcia is here to set the record straight...This is what happened

 

June 14, 2007Vice President Of The Miami Beach Firefighters Union Arrested

NICOLE WHITE

The vice president of the Miami Beach firefighters union was arrested last week, accused of hitting a patron inside the popular South Beach nightspot Mynt.

Adonis Garcia, 38, a 10-year veteran with the fire department and a licensed real estate broker, was arrested Aug. 1 at the club, 1921 Collins Ave.

According to the police report, Garcia and Santiago Contreras started arguing inside the club around 3:30 a.m., and Garcia struck Santiago in the mouth.

Santiago required seven stitches, the report states.

Garcia was arrested and charged with felony battery, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Garcia was released on bond, and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 27.

Garcia is in New Orleans this week with fire and city officials attending a conference on fire accreditation and could not be reached for comment.

Assistant Fire Chief Eric Yuhr said Garcia had not been placed on administrative leave because he was arrested while off duty and the charge ''doesn't preclude his ability to do work as a fireman,'' Yuhr said.

``He's entitled to his day in court.'' 

 

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Criminal Justice and Civil Infraction Cases - Case InformationPrinter FriendlyCourt Case No.: F-04-023903    State Case No.: 13-2004-CF-023903-0001-XX Name: GARCIA, ADONIS L  AKAsDate of Birth: 03/28/1966 Date Filed: 08/09/2004 Date Closed: 09/22/2004Warrant Type: Assessment Amount: $0.00Balance Due: $0.00Stay Due Date: Hearing Date: Hearing Time: Hearing Type: Court Room: REGJB - JUSTICE BUILDING, ROOM No.: 2-5 Address: 1351 N.W. 12 STPrevious Case: Next Case: Judge: HIRSCH, MILTONDefense Attorney: LOPEZ, LINDA B file Section: F014File Location: RECORD CENTER Box Number: 95-106Charges: Seq No. Charge Charge Type Disposition 1 BATTERY/FELONY FELONY NO ACTION NEW SEARCH  MODIFY SEARCH  CASESPAY CASE  DOCKETS  ADDITIONAL INFO  

konstruction_keliibe
konstruction_keliibe

STORYS LYKE THIS PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE..FIRE ALL THE NIGGERS FROM THE KONSCENT DECREE ....NIGGERS DONT BELONG IN OUR FIRE SERVICE ..FUCK THEM ALL

konstruction_keliibe
konstruction_keliibe

FUCKING DIRTY NIGGER!!

FUCKING DIRTY NIGGER

FUCKING DIRTY NIGGER

FUCKING DIRTY NIGGER

FUCKING DIRTY NIGGER

FUCKING DIRTY NIGGER

FUCKING DIRTY NIGGER

 

konstruction_keliibe
konstruction_keliibe

THE MIAMI BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT DID A GOOD THING WHEN THEY MADE THAT DUMB MONKEY HOMELESS. I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF OPENING UP THE NEWSPAPER AND SEEING SOME BLACK GUY USE THE RACE KARD.THIS TIME IT WONT   GET HIM VERY FAR. EXCEPT FOR SLEEPING UNDER A BRIDGE AND BOILING SHOELACES FOR FOOD. MIAMI BEACH FIRE RESCUE I COMMEND YOU GUYS FOR WHAT YOU DID HERE. BLACK PEOPLE DESERVE TO BE TREATED THAT WAY. IF THERE WAS A WAY TO DONATE TO YOUR FIRE DEPARTMENT I WOULD. I LOVE SEEING BLACK PEOPLE GET THE SHAFT. THEY GET ENOUGH FREE EVERYTHING AS IT IS RIGHT NOW. I HOPE THIS GUTLESS PARASITE PLAYS IN TRAFFIC AND GETS RUN OVER

konstruction_keliibe
konstruction_keliibe

THE MIAMI BEACH FIRE DEPARTMENT DID A GOOD THING WHEN THEY MADE THAT DUMB MONKEY HOMELESS. I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF OPENING UP THE NEWSPAPER AND SEEING SOME BLACK GUY USE THE RACE KARD.THIS TIME IT WONT GET HIM VERY FAR. EXCEPT FOR SLEEPING UNDER A BRIDGE AND BOILING SHOELACES FOR FOOD. MIAMI BEACH FIRE RESCUE I COMMEND YOU GUYS FOR WHAT YOU DID HERE. BLACK PEOPLE DESERVE TO BE TREATED THAT WAY. IF THERE WAS A WAY TO DONATE TO YOUR FIRE DEPARTMENT I WOULD. I LOVE SEEING BLACK PEOPLE GET THE SHAFT. THEY GET ENOUGH FREE EVERYTHING AS IT IS RIGHT NOW. I HOPE THIS GUTLESS PARASITE PLAYS IN TRAFFIC AND GETS RUN OVER

LORDADONIS
LORDADONIS

DONT MIND ME I AM A GENIUS I CAN GO FROM FFII TO CAPTAIN IN ONE MONTH. CIVIL SERVICE RULES DONT APPLY TO ME, NEITHER DOES THE LAW.

 

State Case No.: 13-2005-CF-027060-0001-XXName: GARCIA, ADONIS  AKAsDate of Birth: 03/28/1966Date Filed: 08/24/2005Date Closed: 09/22/2005Warrant Type: Assessment Amount: $0.00Balance Due: $0.00Stay Due Date: Hearing Date: Hearing Time: Hearing Type: Court Room: REGJB - JUSTICE BUILDING, ROOM No.: 3-3 Address: 1351 N.W. 12 STPrevious Case: Next Case: Judge: GORDO MONICADefense Attorney: Bfile Section: F002File Location: SCANNEDBox Number: Charges: Seq No. Charge Charge Type Disposition 1 ASSAULT/AGG/FIREARM FELONY NO ACTION

 

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http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/26/3022708/miami-beach-to-finalize-budget.html

KINGSOFDATHEREORG
KINGSOFDATHEREORG

I THINK THE ARTICLE IS TALKING ABOUT ONE OF THE KINGS OF THE REORG

LT. DOUGLAS MULSHINE I MEAN CAPTAIN DOUGLAS MULSHINE...PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR CRIMINAL RECORD TO THE PUBLIC

 

State Case No.: 13-1995-CF-038903-0001-XXName: MULSHINE, DOUGLAS MICHAEL  Date of Birth: 05/09/1963Date Filed: 12/21/1995Date Closed: 07/03/1996Warrant Type: Assessment Amount: $0.00Balance Due: $0.00Stay Due Date: Hearing Date: Hearing Time: Hearing Type: Court Room: REGJB - JUSTICE BUILDING, ROOM No.: 2-1 Address: 1351 N.W. 12 STPrevious Case: Next Case: Judge: GLICK STACY DDefense Attorney: Bfile Section: F012File Location: DESTROYEDBox Number: Charges: Seq No. Charge Charge Type Disposition 1 DEADLY MISSILE/THROW FELONY NOLLE PROS-COMP PTI 2 CRIM MIS/0-200 MISDEMEANOR NOLLE PROS-COMP PTI

 

ImJustSayin
ImJustSayin

Im just sayin the truth is that this guy could'nt cut it as a firefighter. He could'nt run or do anything that was  required of him physicaly. These reports of him beating everyone in the combat challenge is a lie. He came DEAD LAST THAT DAY. And they had to carry him to the hospital after the drill was over. Daniel Fiorito was the one that came first. Has any one seen any pictures of this Brian Gentiles guy. He does not look athletic at all .He is short and fat. He is about 5'4 and 230. You can tell by looking at the class photo he was a terrible athlete. Everyone thier was more fit than him. And when ever he would fall out on a run or passout. He would expect to be pittyed. He was always going to the hospital for his inability to perform. Don't be fooled this guy HAD NO BUISSNESS PUTTING ON THE UNIFORM. Wait until the tape from the combat challenge comes out showing him being transported to hospital. The person that wrote this article is gonna look real stupid.

MidBeachPoppi
MidBeachPoppi

Mayor Bower, Commissioners Jorge Exposito, Deede Weithorn, Jerry Libbin, Jonah Wolfson, Michael Gongora, Jose Smith, the City Attorney, and ex-city manager Jorge Gonzalez are all very close friends to Adonis Garcia, president of the miami beach Fire-fighters (who gave a lot of money and men power to their campaigns)  . He just received a double promotion within a month without having to take a test when he sold us out. The interim city manager is afraid of her shadow.The deck is stacked. It's a very unfortunate situation because justice will not prevail in this case.

 

northmiamimade83
northmiamimade83

Truth be told that the investigation was handled poorly and Fiorito had admitted to exposing himself on other occasions. His behavior is unprofessional, as firemen and medics you are held to a professional standard which most of your department is falling short. What Fiorito did is a crime. He was in a public building. Any other type of employment would have terminated him and settled this quickly and the right way.Keep protecting your frat house. Yourself being involved in the mishandling of previous investigations involving a man's ejaculation on a female coworkers clothes , should think twice before commenting and getting yourself involved yet again in a scandal that has nothing to do with you. Where are you as union vice president representing the victimized fireman? Why does your union pay almost 100 thousand dollars to defend a white employee, Steven Martoffney,  who was caught drunk driving a city vehicle and lead police on a chase throughout the city. Now the union is playing the race game as well. Stand proud Mr. Vice president. Not only are you a vice President of the Union but also a Captain.  There are city rules and  etiquette that  should be followed when commenting about ongoing investigations. Maybe that wasn't on your Captains test? Wait , that's right you didn't take one .... Thanks to the reorganization . 

eagle1255
eagle1255

My God what kind of city is Miami Florida. As a former Police Officer I find this conduct outrageous.

all of the Supervisors And those involved  in this behavior  should be fired today. There is no excuses for this kind of conduct.   The black citizens of Miami should be marching in the streets  IF they treat this guy who was being trained to be a firefighter this way how do they treat there black citizens. Where is the NAACP?  

endicott.peabody
endicott.peabody

Guys can be so sick.  I hope this guy can find a job as a firefighter in another city that is less disgusting and appreciates his aswering the call.

delvinwms
delvinwms

i applaud the guy. do whatever it takes to make the City Of Miami make it right! and dont stop!

7777
7777

 @mOnKEysBeLoNgInZOOS I hope your dumbass doesnt work for the city  because your probably next after they investigate 

gimmeabreak
gimmeabreak

 @mOnKEysBeLoNgInZOOS

 you know it is ignorant people like you that give this city a bad name,open a book and learn some grammar you nitwit

Oregon_Duck_for_life
Oregon_Duck_for_life

 @ImJustSayin  Really.... ...I don't think so a#$hole!!!!! I was on the track team with Brian he is 6'0 tall 220 pounds. And just by looking at the class picture some of those guys looked like they should lay off the cheeseburgers. But I don't think physical fitness was required to be firefighter for the City of Miami Beach. I certainly see alot of people that are lacking in that department. Do not try to slander him in the public. You are only going to make yourself look like a bigger idiot.

gimmeabreak
gimmeabreak

 @ImJustSayin

 sure buddy we the people should believe you,youre not lying about this the same way you werent lying when you covered up that drunk driving morons case

 
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