• Gainesville 'hot cop' resigns after anti-Semitic comments

    By: WFTV Web Staff

    Updated:

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A Gainesville police officer who was dubbed a “hot cop” and gained national attention during Hurricane Irma has resigned from the police department.

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    Officer Michael Hamill resigned from the department Dec. 6 when he was scheduled to appear for an internal affairs interview.

    Hamill was under two investigations for possible anti-Semitic statements made on his personal Facebook account in August and another concerning sexual relations while on duty, police said. 

    Police were notified of the possible anti-Semitic posts in September and investigators said the posts were made before Hamill worked at the department.

    Both allegations would have been sustained with a possible recommendation of up to termination, police said.

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    “The Gainesville Police Department takes matters of officer misconduct extremely seriously,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Additionally, GPD has been working with the Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, FL.  

    "All new recruits will tour this museum prior to being sworn in as a Gainesville Police Officer.

    “The Gainesville Police Department continues to demand a culture of understanding and respect for all persons that we serve.”

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