3/9 UPDATE: OPD is currently investigating a connection between this group and a possible connection to a train mural on the Urban Trail, not the commissioner’s mural as previously stated in this article.
A Seminole County firefighter/medic was placed on unpaid leave when a video was shared that showed him and a group of friends allegedly tagging businesses with anti-law enforcement stickers.
A surveillance video from a tattoo parlor on Virginia Drive shows Seminole County Firefighter Brian Baine with his fiance, local hairstylist Miranda Buzzella, walking with two other individuals as they tagged businesses with vinyl stickers that feature the word “ACAB”; an acronym that stands for “All Cops Are Bastards.”
Baine and Buzzella are not seen placing any stickers during the clip. You can watch the footage HERE on the WFTV 9 website.
Orlando Police are investigating the pair and their friends for also possibly vandalizing a mural with the same stickers on the Orlando Urban Trail painted by Commissioner Patty Sheehan, and another one nearby that had been defaced in August 2021.
Seminole County Fire Chief Matt Kinley has shared the following statement:
“We proudly work together with our fellow first responder families in law enforcement every day to serve our community. If there is evidence to support that this individual took any actions regarding vandalism that involved anti-law enforcement hate messaging — make no mistake, it has absolutely no place in our organization.”
Baine and Buzzella are facing two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief if convicted and Baine could also lose his job in Altamonte Springs.