Brevard County, Florida Fraternal Order of Police Implies They Want Racists To Apply

The George Floyd protests that are still going strong began on May 26th. The demonstrations, which have included bouts of violence at times, do not seem to be slowing down. If anything the movement looks to be growing in size.

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Some of the violence has come from demonstrators. Police officers have also been caught on video roughing up peaceful protesters. High profile cases occurred in Atlanta, Buffalo, and Minneapolis. The Brevard County Fraternal Order of Police recently said in a Facebook post that they would be happy to hire the cops involved. The group actually has no hiring authority whatsoever.

The posts have since been deleted, but have been preserved online. In the first, the F.O.P. wrote, “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!”

According to reports in Florida Today, “Brevard County F.O.P. President Bert Gamin, 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.”

Two officers in Buffalo were filmed pushing a 75-year-old man to the ground, causing him to bleed from his head. The other 55 officers resigned from the emergency response team in protest of those cops being disciplined.

The 6 officers in Atlanta were filmed pulling two college students from their car so they could use stun guns on them.

The page also reached out to Minneapolis officers. The city has discussed the possibility of disbanding its police force. The Brevard PD wrote, “Minneapolis officers….we WILL NOT disband our LE agencies or give in…we are hiring in Florida. Lower taxes, no spineless leadership, conflicting orders or dumb mayors rambling at press conferences. Plus…. we got your back!”

Later in the day, this update from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department distanced themselves from the incident:

Either way, it’s clear there are still racial issues going on in Florida. The President of the local chapter has both acknowledged and defended the post, while most others in the community have walked away from the group.


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