Finch launches probe of Bpt. fire e-mail

A racially charged e-mail that was allegedly sent to more than 100 Bridgeport firefighters by a superior will be completely investigated, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch

BRIDGEPORT - A racially charged e-mail that was allegedly sent to more than 100 Bridgeport firefighters by a superior will be completely investigated, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch (D) says.

Officials say Bridgeport Fire Capt. Gary Baker forwarded an e-mail from a New York City battalion chief that had a second message and a link to a racially inappropriate YouTube video concerning President Barack Obama. The e-mail was originally sent by Baker to Bridgeport firefighters because it had information about 9/11 survivors, officials say.

Baker and Fire Chief Brian Rooney sent out department-wide apologies about the e-mail. Lt. Shane Porter, of the Firebird Society of Bridgeport, says Finch's investigation is not enough to fix the damage.

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