To honor Bruno’s 27th birthday, his wife, Stephanie Bruno, and about 40 family members, friends and off-duty firefighters tied several thousand ribbons to poles and trees in downtown Kansas City Sunday evening.
The Christmas-red ribbons had "Bruno" written on them in bright yellow and were hung from Broadway past Locust and from about 13th Street to Eighth or Ninth Street.
“We got together Sunday to have a prayer and a peaceful ribbon-hanging opportunity,” said Nino Bruno, who is a Kansas City fire captain and was off-duty during the event.
But a short time after they left downtown, on-duty police officers were seen using knives to cut down ribbons and stuffing them in trash cans.
“Ribbons are used for all kinds of things,” Nino Bruno, who videotaped on-duty officers cutting down ribbons, told The Pitch
. Watch the video after the jump. “To be ripped down by on-duty police officers is a great waste of resources and a violation of our First Amendment rights. It’s censorship.”
Meanwhile, police union President Brad Lemon wrote in a blog post that Bruno ribbons were put up in the neighborhood of officer Donald Hubbard, who shot and killed Anthony Bruno during an altercation December 1 while working as off-duty security at the Marriott Hotel.
On Monday, the rift between Kansas City police officers and firefighters deepened over the shooting death of firefighter Anthony Bruno, who was killed by an off-duty Kansas City police officer last December.