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Report: Complaint lodged against 'hot' Gainesville cop may be over anti-Semitic remarks

The police department says the officer has been suspended with pay

Officer Hamill (Courtesy of the Gainesville Police Department)
Officer Hamill (Courtesy of the Gainesville Police Department)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The viral story involving the attractive Gainesville police officers who had women across the country swooning this week took an unexpected turn Thursday.

A sparsely-worded email provided by a police department spokesman indicated the agency had received tips about a complaint against one of the officers pictured in the viral post, Officer Michael Hamill.

Hamill has been suspended with pay, spokesman Ben Tobias said Friday. He did not disclosure the nature of the complaint against the officer.

But, according to The Gainesville Sun, two images provided to the newspaper appear to show multiple anti-Semitic remarks posted on the officer's personal Facebook page several years ago.

"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,'" an April 2013 post said.

Another post, from August 2011, said the following: "so I find it funny that people will talk about how our government needs to do something about our economy and in reality its YOU who needs to stop taking advantage of our system and get a life and 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."

Hamill is one of three officers whose looks made national headlines all week long after a selfie uploaded on the department's Facebook page went viral, piling up hundreds of thousands of shares.