As protests around the globe against police brutality have intensified and calls for police reform and abolition have swelled, one Florida police organisation said it would re-hire officers accused of misconduct during George Floyd demonstrations.
"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."
Shameful Facebook status by the Brevard FOP. Also who the hell hashtags an emoji? https://t.co/dV94FdcGCz
— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨)
After two days of enduring widespread public outrage and attacks on social media, the president of the Brevard County chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police apologised Monday for his post inviting officers linked to violent incidents in Buffalo, NY and Atlanta, GA, to come to Florida.
"This weekend, I made a posting on social media which was in poor taste and did not reflect the sentiment that I was trying to convey, nor that of the FOP," Bert Gamin, president of FOP lodge #37, wrote, adding: "For that, I humbly apologise to all of you," he told Florida Today.