What do you think about the hot cop now?
Of all the pictures of Hurricane Irma’s aftermath circulating the web, one picture filled the internet with emotion, love, and little bit of lust. After three cops from the Gainesville Police Department in Flordia posted a selfie to the department’s Facebook page, it went viral. Not because they were doing something extraordinary but because they looked extraordinary, the cops’ original post was shared hundreds of thousands of times.
While one made a funny face, the other two, who were staring sultrily into the camera, were deemed “hot cops.” The department had to issue a stern warning to people to stop calling emergency lines just to get the “hot cops” to come to their house.
Not-So Hot Cop
The man in the middle of the photograph is Michael Hamill, and recently, far fewer people have been requesting his assistance. Sworn into his position in October 2016, he is currently being investigated for some social media posts that were sent as screenshots to news outlets.
In 2011, Michael wrote on Facebook: “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.”
He followed up in April 2013, saying, “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.’”
Citizens of Gainesville and the world at large were shocked and disgusted with the comments; more so, they called for Michael to be ousted from his position. The Gainesville PD swiftly launched an investigation into the comments that were made well before Michael joined the force.
Police spokesman Ben Tobias issued a statement about what will happen to Michael in the coming months:
“Several citizens have brought information to our attention regarding complaints against Officer Michael Hamill. GPD takes these allegations extremely seriously. GPD is reviewing the allegations and will do so in accordance to Florida law and department policy.
“Under Florida Law, complaint information is confidential until an investigation is concluded. The Gainesville Police Department prides itself with our philosophy and mission of compassion, inclusion, and respect and will fully review the matter.”
At this point, Michael has been suspended with pay, but people are divided on what should happen to him for these older posts.
Libby Knight stated, “I grew up with him, he was nothing but an outstanding person and great citizen for our little town. People who are complaining are just miserable with their own lives. No I don’t agree with what he posted six years ago, but are you the same person you were six years ago? Let the cops have their 15 mins of fame and raise money for a good cause.”
Nancy Stefanik agreed with the actions of the department, saying, “You’re doing the right thing, GPD. Racism and bigotry have no place in a public servant’s life — esp. someone involved with saving lives and protecting others.”
This post goes to show you that the things you put on the internet can last a lifetime. It also proves that a pretty face doesn’t always come with a pretty mind. Do you think that the “hot cop” should be fired, or should he be allowed back on the force? Let us know your verdict in the comments and SHARE this story!