Gainesville ‘hot cop’ suspended, viral photo removed amid complaint against officer

Gainesville Police Department Officers Nordman, Hamill and Rengering

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WFLA/AP) – A Gainesville police officer who was praised for his good looks just yesterday has now been suspended without pay after alleged anti-Semetic Facebook posts surfaced online.

Gainesville police say in a statement that several people have brought information to the department’s attention regarding a complaint against Officer Michael Hamill, the bearded officer at the center of the group selfie.

The department hasn’t disclosed the nature of the complaint, but The Gainesville Sun reports screenshots sent to the newspaper show anti-Semitic posts on Hamill’s personal Facebook page. The Sun reports the posts were made in 2011 and 2013.

In the earlier post, Hamill reportedly complains about how people should “stop taking advantage of our system,” and follows that complaint with a Holocaust reference.

“Stupid people annoy me,” Hamill wrote. “Put them in an oven and deal with them the Hitler way. Haha.”

In the 2013 post, the officer suggests reading anti-Semitic jokes helps him sleep at night and then writes “What’s the difference between boy scouts and jews? Anybody know?” the post asked. “Well it is because Boy scouts come back from their camps,” the Sun reports.

Hamill’s selfie produced more than 100,000 comments after it was posted to the Gainesville police Facebook page on Sunday.

It all started with a few hunks out of Gainsville who were then beat out by our own handsome Tampa Bay area men.

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