BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey announced during a press conference on Tuesday that he has suspended Lieutenant Bert Gamin pending an investigation into Gamin’s posts made on Brevard County F.O.P.’s Twitter and Facebook pages that sought to recruit police officers from Minneapolis, Buffalo, and Atlanta who are accused of using excessive force.
Gamin deleted the posts from the Brevard County FOP Twitter and Facebook accounts which previously stated:
“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 #movetowhereyouare [heart-shaped emoji]”
Gamin also made the same offer to Minneapolis police officers:
“Minneapolis officers… we will not disband our agencies or give in… we are hiring in Florida,” the post stated.
The inflammatory posts drew thousands of outraged replies on Facebook and Twitter. Many posts are encouraging tourists to boycott Brevard County.
Gamin is suspended with pay pending the investigation pursuant to BCSO policy because he is not charged with a crime.
Sheriff Ivey said that BCSO will conduct an internal investigation to determine whether Gamin violated any departmental policies by making the post.
The Brevard County Sherif’s Office, along with several police departments in Brevard County, have distanced their organizations from the Brevard County FOP Twitter and Facebook posts.