FDNY Firefighter Charged with Hazing Has Violent Past

May 31, 2013
The 11-year FDNY veteran choked another firefighter unconscious after finding out there was no locker.

FDNY firefighter Baraka Smith — arrested for allegedly choking a fellow smoke-eater because of a perceived insult in a Brooklyn firehouse on his first day there — has a history of anger-management issues, FDNY sources say.

Smith, 43, was charged with assault after choking another firefighter Wednesday morning at Engine 225 in East New York when told there were no available lockers , sources said.

It was at least the third time the 11-year veteran got violent with a colleague, a source added.

Smith also once pushed a female firefighter who put a smoothie drink in a refrigerator in a spot he thought was his, sources said.

Before that, he allegedly busted a piece of “ceremonial furniture” honoring firefighters, the source said.

Smith, reached at home yesterday, politely declined comment.

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