Florida ‘hot cop’ resigns amid investigation into anti-Semitic messages and sexual relationships

Michael Hamill (center) resigned from his post amid an investigation into anti-Semitic comments that he made on the social media.

(Los Angeles Police Department )

A Florida police officer whose photo went viral during the work after the Hurricane Irma has resigned amid an internal investigation into anti-Semitic comments he made on social media and allegedly having sex on the work.

Michael Hamill, a former Gainesville police officer, resigned from the force on Dec. 6, when he was supposed to appear for an internal affairs interview, the Gainesville Sun reported.

Ben Tobias, a police spokesman, said the researchers were looking for anti-Semitic statements Hamill made on his personal Facebook page, as well as allegations that he had consensual sex during the service. Tobias said that both claims could have led to the termination.


In September, Hamill was removed from his post after anti-Semitic messages he posted on his personal Facebook page were discovered. The department said that they received complaints from people against Hamill.

In one of the April 2013 post, Hamill wrote: “Who knew that the reading of Jewish jokes before I go to bed, not only would I feel better about myself, but also help me to sleep better. Here is one for everyone, ‘What is the difference between boy scouts and jews?” Does anyone know? Well, it is because the Boy scouts come back from their camps.'”

A different reaction Hamill wrote on April 2011 stated: “So I find it funny that people are talking about how our government must do something to our economy, and in reality, it is 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 a deal with them, the Hitler way. Haha.”

The department was also probing an internal complaint, which they received in October about a “sexual battery criminal investigation against the former officer.


A report of the interior showed four dates, during the period between February and April 2017, when Hamill had sex with a woman while on the job, the researchers said. The woman in question told investigators she met the officer in an Uber. Hamill, who the driver worked for Uber on the side – a violation of department policy.

Hamill, who was sworn in as an officer in October 2016, gained internet fame after a photo of Hamill standing next to two other Gainesville police officer was shared on the department’s Facebook page. The post went viral because of the officers’ good looks. Before they are deleted, the photo had received 181,000 comments, 517,000 likes and 276,000 shares.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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