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Atlanta fire chief suspended for book with 'disturbing' LGBT sentiments

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

City of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been suspended.

This comes after Cochran reportedly published a paperback book with what Mayor Kasim Reed calls "disturbing sentiments about the LGBT community."

Reed said he learned about the book Friday and does not agree with Cochran's comments. In an announcement Monday, Reed reiterated that he will not tolerate discrimination of any kind in his administration.

"I want to be clear that the material in Chief Cochran's book is not representative of my personal beliefs, and is inconsistent with the administration's work to make Atlanta a more welcoming city for all of her citizens - regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, race and religious beliefs," Reed said.

Cochran will be suspended for one month without pay. He will also be required to complete sensitivity training. Also, the chief can no longer distribute his book on city property.

Reed also announced Deputy Chief Joel G. Baker will serve as acting fire chief during this time.

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