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Florida police organization offers to hire Minneapolis, Buffalo, Atlanta officers fired over misconduct

Posted at 10:39 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 22:39:59-04

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A Brevard County chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police posted on Facebook a call-out to officers accused of misconduct, saying they should apply for police jobs in Florida.

"Hey Buffalo 57... and Atlanta 6... we are hiring in Florida. Lower taxes, no spineless leadership, or dumb mayors rambling on at press conferences... Plus... we got your back! #lawandorderFlorida," reads the June 6 post made at 1:21 a.m. on the Brevard County F.O.P. Facebook page.

The post appeared to directly address the officers in Buffalo, New York, who were charged with assault after video showed them shoving a 75-year-old man to the ground during a George Floyd protest last week.

And in Atlanta, six officers were jailed on several charges after college students were tased in their car during a protest.

A later post extended the same offer to Minneapolis officers.

The posts have since been deleted.

The posts were made by Bert Gamin, a 28-year law enforcement veteran and the president of the Brevard County Fraternal Order of Police.

Gamin stood by his Facebook post, according to Florida Today.

Two days later, in a new Facebook post, Gamin offered an apology.

He wrote, "I let my emotions and frustration get the better of me as a result of all the continually negative media portrayal of law enforcement."

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office rebuked the posts on their Facebook page.

State officials also denounced the post, including state representative Randy Fine, who called for Gamin to be fired.