(AP) -- The Los Angeles Fire Department has issued an apology after Chief Brian Cummings and three others were photographed wearing costumes of Mexican men at a recent fundraising event.
One photo shows the chief and three men in LAFD apparel wearing sombreros and exaggerated fake mustaches. After inquiries from the Los Angeles Times, the department apologized for the imagery and the chief deleted a link to the photograph from his Twitter account.
Battalion Chief Armando Hogan, the LAFD's spokesman, expressed "sincere regret" Thursday for any "implied insensitivity."
The Los Angeles Times says at the street festival, firefighters from stations across the city prepared food and, in some cases, dressed up as part of a costume contest.