"Hot cop" in viral photo resigns amid internal investigation

Three officers with the Gainesville Police Department - identified as Officers Nordman, Hamill and Rengering - are seen in a photo posted to the department's Facebook page on Sept. 10, 2017.
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Associated Press
December 29, 2017

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida police officer whose photo gained him internet fame has resigned during an internal affairs investigation.

The Gainesville Sun reports that Michael Hamill resigned from the Gainesville Police Department on Dec. 6, when he was supposed to appear for an internal affairs interview.

Police spokesman Ben Tobias says investigators were looking into anti-Semitic statements made on Hamill's personal Facebook page, as well as allegations that Hamill had consensual sex while on duty. Tobias says both allegations could have resulted in termination.

Hamill gained attention after a selfie with two other officers was posted to the department's Facebook page in September. Before being removed, the photo had received 181,000 comments, 517,000 likes and 276,000 shares.

By: CBS News
September 15, 2017

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — One of Gainesville's viral "hot cops" is under investigation after a pair of screenshots of anti-Semitic statements allegedly posted to his Facebook page began circulating the Internet, reports CBS affiliate WGFL.

Officer Michael Hamill became famous this week after he took a selfie with two other officers during their Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. The post was shared nearly 300,000 times on Facebook with humorous comments from women commenting on their good looks.

But comments allegedly posted to his Facebook page have put him in a different spotlight.

One alleged post, from 2013, asks: "What's the difference between boy scouts and Jews? anybody know? well it is because "Boy scouts come back from their camps."

A second alleged post, from 2011, says: "Stupid people annoy me. put them in an oven and deal with them the hitler way. haha."

The Gainesville Police Department released a statement Thursday confirming an investigation but they did not say what it's about.

There is no word yet on whether Hamill would still appear on a calendar the department is planning to benefit victims of Hurricane Irma.

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