VIDEO: A Shreveport councilman is calling for an investigation into the city’s Fire Department.
Councilman Willie Bradford says he’s received several credible complaints of alleged racial and gender discrimination within the department as well as alleged retaliation.
If a resolution is passed Tuesday, the council would appoint a special committee to examine the allegations and report back to them. The council then would take any action deemed necessary.
“If they are indeed happening, then it’s an issue we have to address. Discrimination and gender bias and all these things that would create a low moral climate in the Fire Department cannot be tolerated," Bradford said.
“If they are found to be unfounded, then I’ll apologize to the (fire) chief and the department and we will move on. But if they are indeed happening, then it’s an issue we have to address.”