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A veteran Boston firefighter is on administrative league over what the department calls “disturbing” social media posts.

Octavius Rowe, who has been a firefighter in the city for 15 years, was placed on paid administrative leave on Oct. 2. The Boston Fire Department said Tuesday that the content he posted on social media appeared to advocate violence.

A police officer was stationed outside of the Boston Fire headquarters after Rowe was put on leave, the department said.

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Danny McDonald, The Boston Globe:

“The postings we’re aware of are very disturbing,” said (Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve) MacDonald on Tuesday. “Some are even violent in nature.”

One of the social media postings was a blood-spattered cartoon of a man carrying another man’s decapitated head with the text “Nat Turner’s slave rebellion,” the Boston fire department confirmed on Tuesday.

MacDonald said there were other “disturbing” postings, but did not elaborate other than to say some of them appeared to advocate violence.

The postings, he said, did not reflect the values of the Boston Fire Department.

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