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Miami-Dade firefighter Brian Beckmann's Facebook post about Trayvon Martin case under investigation

New details have emerged in the controversy over the death of Trayvon Martin. But, as Mark Strassmann reports, the new information only confuses things further.

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(CBS) - A Miami-Dade firefighter is under investigation after allegedly posting inflammatory remarks about the Trayvon Martin case on his Facebook page, reports CBS Miami.

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The website theGrio.com published the postings last Friday in which Fire Capt. Brian Beckmann reportedly blasted special prosecutor Angela Corey and wrote that "urban youth" were products of "ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents," according to The Miami Herald.

"They're just misunderstood little church going angels and the ghetto hoodie look doesn't have anything to do with why people wonder if they're about to get jacked by a thug," according to the Facebook post.

The website, which is geared toward African-American issues, said someone with access to Beckmann's Facebook page sent them a screen shot of his posting. The Herald reports that when contacted about the posting, Beckmann replied on his Facebook page that he was a "private citizen and have the same right to freely express an opinion on any subject that anyone else does"

On Friday, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue issued a statement saying that Beckmann's post "is being investigated."

CBS Miami called a number listed for Beckmann on Sunday, and says he texted the station in response saying he could not comment.

Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Last week, special prosecutor Angela Corey announced second-degree murder charges against Zimmerman, who had been in hiding as the case gained national attention. Zimmerman is currently being held in the Seminole County Jail.

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