Oakland residents to call the police on black fire to do its work

A black firefighter who was doing his job in a chic area had the police called on him by the residents.


Residents of an affluent community in Oakland, California, reportedly called the police last month to report a suspicious man, who turned out to be a black-on-duty firefighter.

Kevin Moore, a firefighter with Station 24 of the Oakland Fire department, was in Montclair Hills on May 16, do vegetation inspections, as someone reported him. Moore’s work allows him to walk around the properties to someone’s house to ensure that it would be safe in the event of a fire, KTVU reported. Moore told the San Francisco Chronicle he understood why people would be suspicious of him walking around a person’s property, but he was wearing his uniform at the time of the incident.

He also shouted, “Hello! Hello! Oakland Fire Department!”

“Because I want to be heard. I just don’t want that someone looks out the window and see someone in their backyard. I am not trying to be incognito,” Moore told the San Francisco Chronicle.


On the same day, a resident e-mail security footage of Moore to the Oakland police community liaison officer. Vince Crudele, supervisor of the vegetation inspection program, said the officer sent him the video. Crudele said Moore was just doing his job.

“It is clear that he is doing an inspection. Kevin is wearing his blue wool fireman pants, he has a radio and [department] jacket and shirt,” Crudele told the San Francisco Chronicle. “It is a pity that someone would mistake an Oakland firefighter, a professional who would go in harm’s way every day to protect citizens, as someone who was there for criminal intent. Kevin is there to do his work well, and the representation of the Oakland Fire department with the highest integrity.”

On the same day, Moore said he was faced with a patient who is recording him on a mobile phone.

“He seems to be a bit of shocked me,” Moore said. “He says, ‘Well, what are you doing here?’ I say, ‘here We are, we do our annual vegetation inspection.’ Then he asks for ID. I say no problem. He takes a picture of my ID and says I need to get a different one. I have that ID for years. It is a bit dark, and I’m more of a dark-skinned black man, but you can still see me.”

The fire is not immediately known where these incidents and not the name of everyone who is involved.


Residents of defended the call to KTVU.

“Someone always wants to stir the pot,” Carol Sensedorf, an Orinda resident, told KTVU. “I consider myself to be liberal, 100 percent. But there is so much robbery and it’s all going on next door. Someone literally posted “Did anyone see a man in a yellow vest?” the other day. It turned out someone from PG&E. We do appeal to everyone. It doesn’t mean you’re racist. It means that you have your eyes open. I call on all the people of the time what color they are.”

Not every act is inspired by racism or sexism, she added.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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