Philadelphia’s Fire Department is conducting an internal investigation after a department paramedic posted an image from a rep video to his personal Instagram feed that shows two black men pointing guns at a white police officer’s head.
The paramedic, Marcell Salters, works for Medic 23, which is housed in the police department’s 19th District in Southwest Philadelphia.
The photo caption reads: “Our real enemy. Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that’s legally killing innocents.”
He followed with another post that read: “”There are numerous crooked and corrupted cops (mostly white) & mostly they harass, beat or kill innocents(mostly blacks).”
Shortly after FOX 29 reported on his posts, Salters offered a mea culpa on his Facebook page: “That post was out of anger of what is going on around the world (Mike Brown, Eric Garner & etc.) & past experiences that I’ve had with police. My intention was not to slander or hurt anyone or my brothers in blue. Again I am sorry.”
The photo is from a video by Brooklyn rappers Uncle Murda and Maino, that was released earlier this month.
A Philadelphia police officer, who asked not to be identified, told Metro: “This is what we deal with.”
“Now he’ll get in trouble,” the officer said, “but not like a cop would.”
Mayor Michael Nutter, in a statement released Thursday, said he condemns Salters behavior “In the strongest possible terms.
“We celebrate the exercise of our First Amendment right to expression, but there are clear limits, and this posting went far beyond standards of decency,” Nutter said.
Nutter said he asked Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer to investigate the matter and “Invoke whatever discipline is warranted in this circumstance,” he said.
“During this difficult time, I want to assure the members of the Philadelphia Police Department that we are here to support and assist you whenever you may need,”said Joe Schulle, president of the firefighters and paramedics union local 22.