Some firefighters got piss drunk at a bar, and then got pissed off that another bar patron was wearing a plain old firefighter shirt without actually being a firefighter. So these government agents, who are paid to put out fires and save lives, proceeded to kick the shit out of the poor civilian.
Eventually the cops showed up and started slapping handcuffs on everyone, and the firefighters started harassing the cops, so the cops decided to arrest the firefighters too:
"It was a run-of-the-mill T-shirt," one law enforcement official said. "The real firefighters took umbrage that he wore it."
Firefighters John Tew, 37, and Matthew Veitch, 27, jumped at DiForte, who began swinging his pint glass wildly at his assailants, officials said.
He shattered the glass on the head of 25-year-old Matias Acevedo, a friend of the firefighters, who suffered a nasty gash, officials said. Several other bargoers then joined the fight, some brawling with the firefighters, some against them.
The first police officers to arrive at McFadden's could not quiet the 20-person melee, which spilled out onto the street.
When the brawlers were finally taken to the 17th Precinct, two firefighters walked from the bar and began to harass cops at the stationhouse on behalf of their locked-up colleagues - and got arrested themselves, officials said.
Brothers Michael Fassino of Squad 61 and Ryan Fassino of Engine 315 were charged with disorderly conduct, officials said.
Tew, a nine-year FDNY veteran assigned to Rescue 4, was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration. Veitch, who works at Ladder 173 and joined the FDNY last year, was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration.
I don't like it when government thugs (am I being redundant?) attack civilians. But I do like it very much when government thug turns against government thug. I hope they exonerate the civilian, and fire the firefighters. And while they are at it, they should fire the cops too.
A guy can dream, can't he?