The 7 Eyewitness News I-Team first reported a racist incident involving a Buffalo fire rookie finding a stuffed monkey hanging in the kitchen at Engine 4 in South Buffalo last week.
Since then, the city has taken a series of steps to address what is being called a “culture issue” within the department.
“When the latest incident occurred we were like, this is bigger than we may have thought, and we have to address it,” said Buffalo Fire commissioner William Renaldo.
He met with community activists, at their request, Monday morning.
Buffalo Common Council member Rasheed Wyatt chairs the city’s civil service committee, and was at that meeting — “Actually, I was very happy with the conversation that took place.”