No reprimand for SF firefighter who filmed Asiana crash
Battalion Chief Mark Johnson's footage showed a teen being run over by a fire truck
|Helmet-mounted camera view when the Asiana flight 214 crashed in July.|
Johnson took command of the scene at San Francisco International Airport shortly after the crash of the Asiana Boeing 777, in which two other passengers also died. His camera footage showed the Chinese schoolgirl being run over as she lay covered in flame-retardant foam near the burning plane's left wing, and made it clear that other firefighters had not warned him or other rescue coordinators that Ye was there.
Department officials later said they were reconsidering the restrictions on helmet cameras, which several firefighters and paramedics had been using. They said the policy ultimately would still have to preserve victims' and firefighters' privacy rights.
Johnson had been accused of violating the camera policy along with two other firefighters, whose cases were unrelated to the Asiana crash, Randle said. All three firefighters are African American, and Randle said it appeared that the Fire Department was unfairly targeting blacks who used the devices.
Reprimanding Johnson "sent a bad message throughout the department that getting to the bottom of something, getting to the truth, may not always be to your benefit," Smith said.
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