Washington DC Fire recruit class cleared of wrongdoing after internal investigation into hand symbols shown in photo

  • Source: WTOP-AM 1500 Washington
  • Published: 02/03/2020 12:00 AM

After a photo believed to have been taken last year of a D.C. Fire recruit class showed three white men making what looked like an “OK symbol” with their hands, an internal investigation found they were not aware the hand gesture is associated with white supremacy. Weeks before an internal investigation cleared three members of recruit class 387, D.C. Council member Charles Allen, D-Ward 6, asked about the photo in question at a council committee hearing. “I see diversity in the class, but I only see the symbol being displayed by white men, so that to me gives me major cause of concern,” Allen said. D.C. Fire Chief Gregory Dean said, “Racist symbols are not consistent with our core values.” The internal investigative report obtained by WTOP found the symbol was part of a game that some members of the class would play called the circle game, where they would display an upside-down OK hand gesture below their waist.


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