FL Police Union Offers To Hire Officers Who Resigned Or Were Fired Amid Protests
A Florida police union has offered to hire officers who have resigned or been fired as a result of the protests over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man killed by a police officer, according to The Hill.
- CNN reported that the Brevard County Fraternal Order of Police wrote in a Facebook post that it was seeking to hire the “Buffalo 57,” which refers to the 57 police officers who resigned after two of their fellow officers were suspended for shoving an elderly protester to the ground, causing him to bleed from his head.
- The police group also wrote that they were interested in hiring the “Atlanta 6,” referring to the 6 police officers under investigation after video footage came out of them pulling an African-American couple from their car during a protest:
"Hey Buffalo 57...and Atlanta 6...we are hiring in Florida," one post read. "Lower taxes, no spineless leadership, or dumb mayors rambling on at press conferences... Plus... we got your back! Minneapolis officers... we will not disband our agencies or give in... we are hiring in Florida."
Wayne Ivey, the sheriff of the Brevard County Police Department, sought to distance the department from the posts.
- The sheriff said in a Facebook post:
"To be clear, the 'Brevard County F.O.P.' page and organization has no official affiliation with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and was not authorized in any capacity by me or our agency to recruit or comment on our behalf!! The comments made by their members do not in any way represent the views of our agency and were made as individuals who were not acting in the capacity of a Law Enforcement Officer!!"