WASHINGTON - The controversial comments that Norman Brooks, a D.C. fire fighter, posted about police on social media following the shooting death of a black man by officers over the summer led to backlash online and disciplinary action taken at work.
He posted his comments following the police involved shooting death of Alton Sterling, who was killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in July of this year.
"Those pigs in baton rouge deserve nothing short of a bullet in their heads," His posts said.
Critics said his comments were a call to violence against police and fire officials ordered Brooks off the streets.(Click here to read what the rest of the posts said)
Brooks, a 9-year veteran of the D.C. Fire and EMS Department, spoke with FOX 5 Thursday for the first time following the incident. He is still with the department, however, he is on administrative duty.
“I mean, you know, it was a very emotional time for me. It was a crazy video that I witnessed – a lot of people witnessed it. I said what I said,” Brooks said. “My views are my views, similar to my brother Colin Kaepernick and I am going to continue to express my views as long as the situation is the way that it is – until we can fix this systematic suppression I’m going to continue to express my opinion.”
Click here to listen to the rest of his side of the story.