Giuliani suspends firefighters for parade

September 12, 1998
Reacting to what he called a "a disgusting display of racism," Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani suspended two firemen today and said he will soon suspend a policeman for riding in blackface on a Labor Day float that mocked last June's grisly dragging death of a black man in Texas.
     The Republican mayor, rushing to separate his administration from what he described as the behavior of "a few misguided, possibly sick, individuals," said the three men committed a "vicious kind of stereotypical displaying of African Americans" and "can no longer be trusted to be public employees of the city of New York." Giuliani said all three will likely be fired.