Mayor Reed defends canning fire chief despite new complaint - CBS46 News

Mayor Reed defends canning fire chief despite new complaint

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Mayor Kasim Reed defended his decision to fire Kelvin Cochran.

"The more people see of this case, the more they're going to agree I made the right decision," Mayor Reed said at the Atlanta Press Club.

Reed dismissed Cochran after the Atlanta Fire Chief called homosexuality "vile, vulgar and inappropriate at work" in a recent book. Since then, Cochran filed a federal discrimination complaint, claiming he was fired for expressing his Christian beliefs.

Conservative Christian groups have rallied behind Cochran, saying his religious rights were under violated.

When asked if Cochran suffered discrimination and was fired for his religious beliefs, Reed answered aAbsolutely not. There was no discrimination there."

In the complaint, Cochran insisted he "obtained authorization from the city's ethics department" to publish his book but was later told he needed the "mayor's personal approval."

"The bottom line is, he didn't get permission from me and he didn't get appropriate authorization," Reed said, adding he fired Cochran because he did not follow proper procedure and not get permission before publishing.

"We're turning the page and we wish Mr. Cochran the best," Reed said.

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