WBRZ Pats WBRZ on WBRZ’s Back for WBRZ Reporter Getting Fire Captain Suspended

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WBRZ gave WBRZ credit for the 10-day suspension of a Baton Rouge Fire Department Captain by running on WBRZ’s website a story headlined “Veteran fire captain suspended after WBRZ asks questions.”

WBRZ investigative reporter Chris Nakamoto wrote in the story on WBRZ.com, “Word of the suspension came after the WBRZ Investigative Unit began asking questions Tuesday” about BRFD Captain Derin Hairford, who is white, allegedly using a racial slur around fellow BRFD Captain Reginald Williams, who is African-American.

WBRZ said Williams told WBRZ he filed a complaint with his supervisors immediately after the incident back in August, but “two months went by and nothing until WBRZ started asking questions today,” according to WBRZ.

This is not the first time WBRZ has given WBRZ kudos for affecting the career of a public safety officer who reportedly used the N-word.

WBRZ reported WBRZ obtained a personnel action form stating the investigation into the incident by the Parish Human Resources Office was completed a month ago. WBRZ claims when WBRZ asked the fire department why they didn’t implement discipline when the investigation was closed last month, WBRZ said WBRZ did not get an answer to WBRZ’s question.

WBRZ Chief N-word Investigator Chris Nakamoto
WBRZ Chief N-word Investigator Chris Nakamoto

This is not the first time WBRZ has given WBRZ kudos for affecting the career of a public safety officer who reportedly used the N-word. WBRZ gave WBRZ’s Nakamoto credit last month for the resignation of Baton Rouge Police officer Michael Elsbury by running a story titled “Cop quits after Nakamoto investigation.”

In that WBRZ story on WBRZ.com, WBRZ reported WBRZ received confirmation of Elsbury’s resignation after “WBRZ and the station’s Investigative Unit broke the story … in an exclusive report by (WBRZ’s) Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto.”RedShtick-Top-ColumnStop

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