One of the three Gainesville, Florida “hot cops” whose photo went viral during Hurricane Irma is under investigation after anti-semitic posts were allegedly found on his Facebook page.
According to The Gainesville Sun, Michael Hamill, 28, (pictured, center) made a post in 2011 that read, “so i find it funny that people will talk about how our government needs to do something about our economy and in reality its YOU who needs to stop taking advantage of our system and get a life and so 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.”
In another post, made in 2013, Hamill credited “Jewish jokes” for helping him sleep at night.
The Sun reported that when a Facebook commenter called Hamill’s post “messed up,” Hammill allegedly replied, “u don’t like it? don’t read it then.”
Hamill was sworn in as a police officer for the Gainesville Police Department in October 2016. That department said they are investigating the Facebook posts.
“The Gainesville Police Department prides itself with our philosophy and mission of compassion, inclusion, and respect and will fully review the matter,” said Ben Tobias, a spokesman for the department.
The selfie of Hamill and two other officers, which was posted to the department’s Facebook page received 181,000 comments, 517,000 likes and 276,000 shares according to the Gainesville Sun.
Before the alleged Facebook posts were exposed, Hamill told TIME that he was enjoying the attention.
He said, “I’ve never had this much attention before. It’s an ego boost — very flattering and funny.”
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