LA MARQUE A fire department captain and peace officer who used a personal social media account to share an altered image depicting President Barack Obama with a noose around his neck has been terminated from the department, Fire Chief Gerald Grimm said Thursday.

An investigation also found that Alfred Decker last week directed that a fire-ravaged building be demolished before its owner could recover property from inside, Grimm said.

Decker showed a wanton disregard for the property owner s rights, and removed a safe from the scene of the fire before returning it several hours later, according to the termination notice issued to the longtime fire department employee.

A hearing Wednesday found that Decker s activity online and in the line of duty displayed incompetence, a lack of good moral character and discourtesy to the public, according to the termination notice.

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