About Those ‘Hot Cops’…One Of Them Turned Out To Be A White Supremacist

Remember that post-Hurricane Irma photo with the "hot cops" from Gainesville, Fla. that went viral? Michael Hamill turned out to be a white supremacist.

Remember that post-Hurricane Irma photo with the three “hot cops” that went viral? Of course one of them — Officer Michael Hamill — turned out to be a white supremacist.

We cynical liberals here at American News X were so excited to come across a story about police officers that didn’t end with an unarmed black man getting shot, we just couldn’t contain ourselves. Our story from Wednesday cheerily announced “Every cloud has a silver lining, even in the devastating wake of Hurricane Irma. And for the people of Gainesville, Fla. it’s all those good-looking guys in their city’s police force.” The photo showed Michael Hamill and his two fellow cops as they set out to assess and deal with Hurricane Irma’s damage.

Since we live and breathe social media here at ANX, this writer also took note of the Gainesville Police Department’s skillful use of Facebook and Twitter to connect with their community. After all, that Facebook post — which the Gainesville Police Dept. has now taken down — got hundreds of thousands of views, shares, and comments. Too bad Michael Hamill turned out to be a little too free with his Facebook presence, and anti-Semitic to boot.

Here’s a screenshot with the original Facebook post from the Gainesville Police Department.

Screenshot with the Gainesville Police Department's viral 'hottie cops' photo with Michael Hamill in the middle.

The Gainesville Sun reports a reader reached out to them with screenshots of two unspeakably vile Facebook posts from Michael Hamill’s personal page.

GPD spokesman Ben Tobias said the agency is reviewing a complaint against Officer Michael Hamill, adding that the complaint information is confidential until an investigation is finished.

Although they didn’t publish the screenshots, the activist and journalist Shaun King got hold of them and shared them on his Twitter feed.

“A photo of a cop from the @GainesvillPD goes viral,” the tweet asserts. “Called the ‘hot cop.’ Turns out he is a Neo-Nazi.”

And Michael Hamill’s Facebook posts are vile, indeed.

One, dated April 23, 2013 says, “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.'”

Michael Hamill Facebook post with vile comments about "Jewish jokes."
Officer Michael Hamill’s Jewish joke: “Boy Scouts come back from their camps.” Image: Screenshot via Facebook (now deleted)

That is, of course, a reference to Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and six million Jewish people getting rounded up and murdered in their concentration camps.

A second one from August 24, 2011 is equally vile, and states, “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 the oven and deal with them the Hitler way. Haha.”

Gainesville 'hot cop' Michael Hamill's Facebook post about putting Jewish people in the oven 'the Hitler way.'
Officer Michael Hamill: “Stupid people annoy me. Put them in an oven and deal with them the Hitler way. Ha ha.” Image: Screen shot via Facebook (now deleted).

Michael Hamill was sworn into the Gainesville Police Dept. in October 2016, long after he shared his anti-Semitic Facebook posts.  Ben Tobias gave out a statement insisting, “The Gainesville Police Department prides itself with our philosophy and mission of compassion, inclusion, and respect and will fully review the matter.”

A Twitter user from the U.K. replied to Shaun King’s tweet marvelling at Michael Hamill’s rather light “punishment.”

In response to which Shaun King explained this is how we discipline racist cops in the U.S.

Featured image: Gainesville Police Department via Facebook (since deleted).

 

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Elisabeth Parker is a writer, editor mom, news and politics junkie, and recovering web designer. “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” -- Otto von Bismarck.

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