Gainesville 'Hot Cop' Resigns Amid Investigation Over Alleged Anti-Semitic Comments
One of the so-called 'Hot Cops' whose photo brought them viral fame during Hurricane Irma has resigned.
Michael Hamill, formerly of the Gainesville Police Department in Florida, was the focus of an internal investigation that began when years-old, anti-Semitic comments were discovered on his Facebook page.
The Gainesville PD Internal Affairs investigators said in a statement they'd opened two separate investigations into Hamill. One concerned the anti-Semitic statements he allegedly made on his personal Facebook account and the other concerned sexual relations he allegedly had while on duty.
The department said in a statement that both allegations come with "a possible recommendation of... termination."
Hamill tendered his resignation on Dec. 6, the day he was scheduled to appear for an Internal Affairs Interview for both matters.
"The Gainesville Police Department continues to demand a culture of understanding and respect for all persons that we serve," the department's statement continued.
All new Gainesville Police recruits will tour the Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg before being sworn in, it added.
Hamill, along with Officer Dan Rengering, 27, and Officer John Nordman, 39, uploaded a selfie to the Gainesville Police Department Facebook page in September, and the trio quickly went viral for their good looks.
One of the screenshots from Hamill's Facebook page, posted in 2011, 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 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”
Another screenshot of a 2013 post 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 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.’”
Hamill joined the force in 2016, three years after he made the alleged comments.