As the cries for police reform grow louder across the nation, some police departments are holding their officers accountable, firing or suspending those accused of excessive force during recent protests. One Florida police organization has said it will re-hire those very officers accused of misconduct, and that offer is prompting outrage. On Saturday, the Brevard County chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police posted a message on Facebook addressed to the “Buffalo 57” and “Atlanta 6,” saying that it was “hiring.”
“Lower taxes, no spineless leadership, or dumb mayors rambling on at press conferences… Plus… we got your back!” the Brevard County F.O.P. added in its post In another Facebook post made on Sunday, the organization made the same offer to the Minneapolis police, who are currently facing calls to be defunded and dismantled after four of its officers were charged for their involvement in George Floyd’s death.
Florida Politics reports:
The President of the Brevard County lodge acknowledged that the post was legitimate and defended its recruiting efforts as well as the actions of the Buffalo and Atlanta police officers involved in the widely condemned incidents. Some of those officers have been arrested and face criminal charges.
Brevard County F.O.P. President Bert Gamin [photo], who said he is a 28-year law enforcement veteran, with two years as a Melbourne Police Department reservist and 26 years with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, claimed responsibility for the recruitment post.
“Our citizens have a right to protest peacefully and legally. They do not have a right to block roadways, trespass on private property or disobey lawful commands from law enforcement officers,” he wrote in response to emailed questions from FLORIDA TODAY.
Brevard County is on the Atlantic coast east of Orlando and is home to Cape Canaveral.
NEW on @WESH: a public apology from Lt. Bert Gamin of the #BrevardCounty Sheriff’s office and president of the Brevard County FOP after two posts that were condemed by law enforcement and hundreds of community members. I’ve attached original (deleted) post for reference. pic.twitter.com/vFD1UWH7Hm
— Paul Rivera (@PaulRiveraNews) June 8, 2020