Brown says the insensitivity of the video, which now has more than 4,600 hits, up from 1,300 on Monday, is “inexcusable.”
Here is the chief’s entire statement:
“The Colorado Springs Fire Department fulfills our mission of providing the highest quality problem solving and emergency service to our community every day with pride. The insensitivity of a YouTube video posted recently is inexcusable. It is an unfair representation of the men and women on our Fire Department that work so hard to make our community a safer place to live. If we determine that public resources were used for the creation or dissemination of this distasteful and hateful communication, we will take appropriate action. City computer misuse may result in discipline, up to and including discharge.”
Here’s the video:
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The “SpringsNews” YouTube channel offers a wide variety of video, including interviews with Mayor Steve Bach and City Council members and recordings of all types of meetings.
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The Gazette sat down Friday with former pool operator Kevin Dessart after he said on Facebook that city officials were getting only one side of the story about his now-defunct contract to operate three city-owned aquatic facilities.
“I’m so sick and tired of City Council constantly asking the City staff what happend. If you really want to know why not take me up on my multiple offers to meet with me and hear our side – two sides to every story right?” he wrote.
“This is why I hate politics,” he wrote, adding that he was “more than happy to share” his story with the community.
We listened to you, Mr. Dessart.
Here are some of the videos from that interview:
The other videos can be found on the SpringsNews YouTube channel by clicking here.
Mayor Steve Bach says a “tsunami” of open-records requests from The Gazette and the Independent prompted his directive to release open-records requests filed by one news organization to every news outlet in town.
Bach said his directive was not meant to be punitive.
“There’s no intent to penalize anybody,” the mayor said.
“I think it’s an open and transparent approach to making sure that the broadest spectrum of our citizens receive information, and I stand by that,” he said.
Here’s more video from today’s press conference: