Boston firefighter on leave following violent social media posts

BOSTON (AP) — Boston officials say a longtime firefighter has been placed on leave following a series of "disturbing" posts on social media.

The Boston Globe reports the firefighter was placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 2. The man has served as a Boston firefighter for 15 years.

Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald says some of the posts are violent in nature. The Boston Fire Department said Tuesday one of the posts involved a cartoon man carrying a decapitated head with the caption "Nat Turner's slave rebellion."

A police spokesman says no criminal behavior has taken place.

Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy says a police officer has been stationed in front of fire headquarters "out of an abundance of caution."

Fire officials and police are continuing to investigate.

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