GAINESVILLE, FL (WIS) - One of the Gainesville Police Department "hot cops" has come under fire after previous social media posts surfaced and have taken disciplinary action on the officer.
Social media posts Officer Michael Hamill made in 2011 were condemned and called anti-Semitic by commenters. The screenshots, made by Facebook user Alu Soto, highlight some of the posts in a post that has gone as viral as the original post. One post allegedly made by Hamill reads: "Who knew that reading Jewish jokes before I go to bed would not only make me feel better about myself but also help me to sleep better as well. Here is one for everybody, "What's the difference between boy scouts and jews?" Anybody know? Well, it is because "Boy scouts come back from their camps."
Another of the posts highlighted in the screenshots reads: "so I find it funny that people will talk about how our government needs to do something about our economy and in reality, it's YOU who needs to stop taking advantage of our system and get a life and do something with your life. Gotta love reality when it hits you in the face. Stupid people annoy me. Put them in an oven and deal with them the Hitler way. Haha."
You can see the post here. (WARNING: Some of the content of the post is graphic.)
Hamill and two other officers have become social media sensations and dubbed "hot cops" on social media. The post, made on the Gainesville Police Department Facebook page, has since been removed from the page.
Gainesville police have not only announced that they are investigating the officer's posts, but have removed the viral post after several complaints.
They have since suspended Officer Hamill with pay. The new statement says:
The police department did post a statement on their Facebook page about the complaints and investigation, but that post has since been deleted.