By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The FDNY suspended nine firefighters in a racism scandal.

The department says the firefighters shared racist messages and memes on their phones.

According to The New York Times, it started after the murder of George Floyd.

The fire department says after several Black firefighters complained, they opened an investigation that lead to the punishment. The suspension time periods varied, ranging from four to 180 days.

CBSNewYork Team