'Hot Cop' Investigated for Anti-Semitic Facebook Posts

Michael Hamill has been suspended while police department investigates
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2017 5:00 PM CDT
'Hot Cop' Investigated for Anti-Semitic Facebook Posts
In this Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, photo provided by the Gainesville Police Department, officers, from left, John Nordman, Michael Hamill, and Dan Rengering take a selfie in Gainesville, Fla.   (Gainesville Police Department via AP)

Michael Hamill set the internet's hearts aflame as one of Florida's "hot cops" who went viral in a picture posted to Facebook after Hurricane Irma, but now the internet is buzzing over a much less pleasant characteristic: Hamill appears to be into making anti-Semitic jokes on Facebook. A complaint has been made to the Gainesville Police Department about Hamill, and screenshots of Facebook posts were sent to the Gainesville Sun. In those screenshots, Hamill appears to write things like, "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.'"

In another post apparently from Hamill, he allegedly wrote, "Stupid people annoy me. Put them in an oven and deal with them the Hitler way. Haha." Hamill, 28, was sworn into the GPD in 2016; the department says it is reviewing the complaint against him and that he has been suspended with pay for now. Heavy reports that Hamill's Facebook page can no longer be called up online. (More antisemitism stories.)

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