Florida cop resigns amid investigation over his anti-Semitic Facebook posts
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Florida cop resigns amid investigation over his anti-Semitic Facebook posts

Offensive messages discovered after Gainsville Police Department posted a picture of the officer helping the community in the wake of the Hurricane Irma

Michael Hamill and two other Florida police officers. (Gainesville Police Department /Facebook)
Michael Hamill and two other Florida police officers. (Gainesville Police Department /Facebook)

A Florida police officer who was suspended with pay after complaints that he posted anti-Semitic comments on his Facebook page resigned from his post.

Officer Michael Hamill gained fame in September after a selfie of him and two other Gainesville, Florida, police officers was posted on the department’s Facebook page, showing them helping the community in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The photo received at least 181,000 comments, one calling the officers “hunkapotumuses,” and some 517,000 likes and 276,000 shares, the Gainesville Sun reported. Many online began referring to the officers as “hot cops.”

After the photo became popular on social media, several people posted screen shots of anti-Semitic posts by Hamill from 2011 and 2013, years before he joined the police force in 2016.

The Gainesville Sun newspaper reported on Thursday that Hamill resigned earlier this month before a scheduled interview with the agency’s Internal Affairs department, which was investigating the anti-Semitic social media posts as well as allegations that he had sexual relations while on duty. Findings in both investigations could have led to Hamill’s termination.

An anti-Semitic message posted by Florida police officer Michael Hamill, April 23, 2013. (Screen capture: Facebook)

A post from April 2013 read: “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.’”

An anti-Semitic message posted by Florida police officer Michael Hamill, April 23, 2013. (Screen capture: Facebook)

A post from 2011 said: “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.”

A police department spokesman told the Gainesville Sun that the department was working with the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg and all new recruits will tour the museum before being sworn in.

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