Hero cop on Facebook turns out to be anti-Semite

The social media manager for the Gainesville, Fla., police department was having a pretty good week until one of its hero cops turned out to be an apparent anti-Semite.

The department’s Facebook account has been posting images of its officers working in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

This one charmed Facebookians to the point where the department planned to make a calendar of its officers to raise money for Irma relief efforts.

Bad idea.

Social media gives and social media takes away.

Someone recognized the cop in the middle — Michael Hamill — as the guy who posted anti-Semitic screeds on his Facebook page before becoming a cop, the Gainesville Sun reports.

One screen shot is of an April 2013 post, in which Hamill writes: “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.”

One person replied to that Facebook post, calling it “messed up.” Hamill replied, “u don’t like it? don’t read it then.”

In another screen shot from a 2011 post, Hamill writes: “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.”

The department removed Hamill’s selfie from its Facebook page.

“The Gainesville Police Department prides itself with our philosophy and mission of compassion, inclusion, and respect and will fully review the matter,” a spokesman said.

Takeaway: Your social media history is forever.

  • One of America’s finest.

    /s

  • RBHolb

    Your social media history is forever. Also,what you might think are just a few harmless “politically incorrect” jokes can derail a career and erase any memories of the good you may have done.

    • Danyce J Roppe

      Respectfully, it wasn’t politically incorrect. It was anti-semetic.

      • RBHolb

        That’s right, although the inevitable defense of his type is that he is a “victim” of “political correctness,” and “why can’t they lighten up and take a joke?”

  • Barton

    He wasn’t a “hero cop.” He, and the other 2, were just good looking and they were looking to raise money. Simple exploitation of a pretty face. And yes, a fair few of us have been objectifying these photos of good looking cops on FB all week.

    We are no longer objectifying him, as we aren’t in to anti-semetic and/or racist men.

    We’re back to the video montage of firefighters with puppies…..

  • MikeB

    Another government employee deriding the role of government in the economy. And an anti-semite as well. Great.

  • AL287

    I find it rather sad when police hide behind the badge and think that no one will notice.

    Social media has done away with personal privacy which is why I am not a part of it. My relatives get exasperated with me because they can’t text me pictures but at least I know when I send a picture of my grandson via email attachment it is not exposed to the entire social media universe.

    Nobody is reading my email unless they have hacked into it and as far as I know, that hasn’t happened yet.

    I was really annoyed when I had to sign up for a Gmail account I didn’t need or want to get my teaching license renewed. I am sure the goofy phishing emails I get from time to time are because of that account.

    It is best to discuss your personal views on politics and race relations with people you know will keep it private, preferably face-to-face. I can count those people on one hand and it isn’t many.

    Facebook and other platforms might be a good way to stay in touch but one misstep and your reputation is ruined forever.

  • ☭¯_(ツ)_/¯☭ ✯The Wickerman✯

    Gosh, an anti-Semitic cop? What’s next, racist cops?

    • Tammy Lynn Thiesse

      Haha. I think that racist cops would be old news unfortunately.

  • cpoorker

    How about the rest of the force? The leadership? Company culture usually comes from the top down.

  • Danyce J Roppe

    I’m surprised he was hired. Don’t they do background checks including SM history?

  • lindblomeagles

    While having a debate about preserving an individual’s social media history is good, the better public question we should be asking is why does any American harbor anti-Semitic feelings in the 21st Century? The science debunking racial and religious superiority has been established for some time now, and several K-12 schools have already taught multicultural education on some level for the last 20 – 30 years. What will it take for members of our American Democracy to drop these kinds of feelings?