A Florida police department has removed a Facebook photo of three of its officers that went viral due to praise for their attractiveness after a complaint against one of the men.
The Gainesville Police Department on Friday acknowledged that it had received information from several people regarding a complaint against Officer Michael Hamill.
“Several citizens have brought information to our attention regarding a complaint against Officer Hamill,” it said in a statement.
“GDP is reviewing the allegation and will do so in accordance with our department policy,” the statement added. “Under Florida Law, complaint information is confidential until an investigation is complete.
“The Gainesville Police Department prides itself with our philosophy and mission of compassion, inclusion, and respect and will fully review the matter.”
Some Twitter users on Friday voiced concern about reports that Hamill had posted anti-Semitic remarks on Facebook in the past.
Two screen shots from Hamill’s Facebook account were captured and sent to The Gainesville Sun on Thursday.
“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,” he wrote in an April 2013 post.
“Here is one for everybody, ‘What’s the difference between boy scouts and jews?’ Anybody know? Well it is because ‘boy scots come back from their camps.’”
“[So] I find it funny that people will talk about how or government needs to do something about our economy and in reality it’s YOU who needs to stop taking advantage of our system and get a life and do something with your life,” Hamill said in a 2011 post.
“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 gained attention after a selfie of him and two other officers was posted to their department’s Facebook page last Sunday.
The photo was meant to highlight Gainesville officers helping their community after Hurricane Irma passed through Florida.
The image went viral, however, and has since gotten 181,000 comments over the physical appearance of Hamill and the other two men involved.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.