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Briarcliffe fire company suspended, racist comments and mocked Fanta Bility

Briarcliffe fire company suspended, racist comments and mocked Fanta Bility
After most people had left a virtual meeting about a fire survey on January 27, six Briarcliffe members allegedly didn't. They were filmed making offensive comments that could have led to them being suspended from school.
Firefighters in the United States were caught on video mocking the death of an 8-year-old boy who was shot by police.

Firefighters in Pennsylvania have been suspended for 30 days after allegedly making racist comments and mocking a girl who was allegedly shot by police last year.

On January 27, a virtual meeting was held to talk about a fire survey. After most people had left, six Briarcliffe members are said to have stayed and made the offensive comments.

Solicitor Michael Pierce says someone from another fire company, Goodwill, told Darby Township's Board of Commissioners about what they allegedly said on the phone. Pierce says the letter was sent to the meeting on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Mr Pierce said that the Briarcliffe Volunteer Fire Company had been suspended. He said that the local district attorney's office had been contacted about the case.

Letter: "Suddenly, there was the sound of a group of people talking about the meeting while using foul and inappropriate language." NBC News has the letter.

That's what a letter said. The people on the call talked for about two hours and NBC News didn't listen to all of them.

They are said to have used racial slurs to describe firefighters and the fire chief from another local fire company, according to the letter. They also said it was time to leave the area because more and more black people were moving there.

Protesters want the police to be held accountable for the death of 8-year-old Fanta Bility, who was shot outside a football game in Media, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. They want the police to be held accountable for the death. A group of people were leaving a high school football game outside of Philadelphia when three police officers fired their guns into the crowd, killing Bility and injuring three other people.
Protesters want the police to be held accountable for the death of 8-year-old Fanta Bility, who was shot outside a football game in Media, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. They want the police to be held accountable for the death. A group of people were leaving a high school football game outside of Philadelphia when three police officers fired their guns into the crowd, killing Bility and injuring three other people.

Letter: "We have a lot of concerns about this as fire companies, as well as for the safety of the community." "This is not right for the township and should not be there at all."

Fanta Bility's name was joked about in a letter, the letter said. A football game at Academy Park High School in Sharon Hill, which is about a mile away from Darby Township, was where Fanta was killed on August 6.

Three police officers each face charges of voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless endangerment in the death of the woman, who was found dead. Their lawyers say they are not guilty.

Lawyer Bruce Castor Jr. said in a statement that Fanta's family was "shocked" by the claims that she had sex with men.

It said: "A kind and loving girl, Fanta brought happiness to everyone she met."

"To speak about her with such disrespect shines the light of shame on those people at the firehouse who made the remarks, and it hurts the good and true first responders who put their lives on the line for everyone in their community."

The letter said that one person on the call also allegedly threatened to physically harm people at Goodwill.

When Briarcliffe didn't answer the phone on Thursday, a message was left for them. A person who answered the phone at Goodwill said they couldn't say anything because the district attorney was looking into it.

A group of people in the community said they were worried that these rumors about the firefighters were true. They also questioned the response times for emergency calls from people in the Black community.

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