BY JIM MUSTIAN
Advocate staff writer
July 16, 2013
A former East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services supervisor has settled a lawsuit that claimed he was wrongfully demoted for a “high-level security breach” in which a group of Muslims delivered dinners and Qurans to the emergency communications center on the ninth anniversary of 9/11.
Jeremy Torres sued the city-parish after he and a colleague were disciplined for leaving the group unattended in the lobby of the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness building.
City-parish officials contended Torres’ demotion was justified because the women were left unsupervised for several minutes, a violation of protocol that jeopardized the “entire public safety dispatching for the parish,” according to court filings.
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