Gainesville 'hot cop' suspended with pay during probe into anti-Semitic jokes
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) —
One of Gainesville's viral "hot cops" is suddenly feeling the heat for a much different type of Facebook post.
Gainesville Police says Officer Michael Hamill has been suspended with pay as it investigates a complaint filed against him.
Hamill became famous this week after he took a selfie with two other officers that was shared nearly 300,000 times on Facebook with humorous comments from women commenting on their good looks.
Now Hamill is under investigation by his department after a pair of screenshots of anti-Semitic statements allegedly posted to his Facebook page began circulating the Internet.
One alleged post, from 2013, asks "What's the difference between boy scouts and Jews? anybody know? well it is because "Boy scouts come back from their camps."
A second alleged post, from 2011, says "Stupid people annoy me. put them in an oven and deal with them the hitler way. haha."
The Gainesville Police Department released this statement Thursday confirming an investigation but not what it's about:
Several citizens have brought information to our attention regarding a complaint against Officer Hamill.
GPD is reviewing the allegation and will do so in accordance to Florida law and department policy. Under Florida Law, complaint information is confidential until an investigation is concluded, and we will not be offering any further statement until that time.
The Gainesville Police Department prides itself with our philosophy and mission of compassion, inclusion, and respect and will fully review the matter.
No word yet on whether Hamill would still appear on a calendar the department is planning to make to benefit victims of Hurricane Irma.