Protest planned following firefighter’s rehiring
June 10, 2013
A group of San Luis Obispo residents are planning a peaceful protest on Monday afternoon to support Jory Brigham and to voice disapproval of the city’s controversial decision to reinstate John Ryan Mason to the SLO Fire Department.
On June 5, SLO Fire Chief Charlie Hines agreed to reinstate Mason after firing the firefighter in November because of his role in a barroom brawl.
In June 2011, Mason allegedly beat Brigham unconscious in a nightclub bathroom after an eight-month rift stemming from claims the firefighter was having an affair with a local policeman’s wife. Mason had no injuries while Brigham had 17 fractures in his face. Mason’s trial concluded with a hung jury leaning eight to four in his favor, and the District Attorney’s Office chose not to retry the case.
Hines’ decision to rehire Mason was supported by several city officials including Christine Dietrick, the city attorney.
The protesters are asking anyone who would like to participate in the protest to meet them at the corner of Palm and Osos streets today, June 10, at 4:15 p.m.
“Participating in this process allows you to elicit change, while representing the community at large who believes our public servants need to be held to a higher standard,” Lealah Broyles said in an email.