Advice for retired firefighter Joe Cassano; think before you tweet

Posted at 7:11 PM, Mar 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-31 19:12:39-04

NEW YORK (PIX11)- Think before you tweet.

It’s advice the son of Fire Chief Salvatore Cassano could have used before lashing out on social media.

Joe resigned from the Fire Department earlier this month after word of his racist tweets spread like well wild-fire.

Among other things, the younger Cassano tweeted; “I like Jews about as much as Hitler.” And “MLK could go kick rocks for all I care, but thanks for the time and a half today.”

Even Israel Miranda, head of local 2507, who represented Cassano could not defend the Commissioner’s son.

“I was stunned, I couldn’t believe it.”

Then just days later another series of racist tweets were uncovered inside the department.

This time by EMS Lieutenant Timothy Dluhos.

Under the handle “Bad Lieutenant” Dluhos tweeted a number of comments too offensive to share.

In one the EMT tweeted, “I’m going to give up racial insults for Lent…”

He didn’t last the 40 days.

And all this comes as the FDNY tries to increase the number of minority recruits.

Commissioner Cassano even came on to our studio to talk about leading the charge.

“We are certainly taking a more concerted effort.  I’ve taken the lead role in recruitment.”

But the NYPD, not the FDNY seems to be taking the lead on revamping social media policy.

Last week Police Commissioner Ray Kelly issued new guidelines for his department ordering officers not to post pictures of crime scenes, or even reveal their employment with the NYPD, among other things.

It’s discretion Mayor Bloomberg says makes sense.

“It’s kind of hard to understand how somebody like that would not think that someday, somebody’s going to take a look at what they do.”

And now the FDNY is trying to figure out how they deal with it.

A spokesperson for the department said anyone who posts photos of patients without permission will face termination, but an all-out ban on sites like Facebook and twitter seems unlikely.

“There are all sorts of first Amendment issues.”