President of police union chapter in Florida suspended after 'despicable' Facebook post
BREVARD COUNTY, Florida - Bert Gamin, the president of a Chapter of the Brotherhood of Police in Florida, was suspended from his position at a local sheriff's office until an internal investigation into the “unprofessionalism” of a Facebook post recruitment was disciplined officers and charged with violent incidents, an official said on Tuesday.
"Yesterday afternoon, I approved an internal investigation into (Gamin's) actions. He was suspended until the outcome is known," Brevard County sheriff Wayne Ivey said at a press conference. Ivey called Gamin's Facebook post "despicable" and "disgusting".
Gamin, a lieutenant in the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and president of the Brevard County FOP, was subjected to public outrage and attacks on social media for several days after posting several posts on the Facebook page of a local fraternity police lodge. The FOP is a national police union organization that represents over 300,000 law enforcement officers in thousands of local "lodges".
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A second post by Bert Gamin on Sunday evening was also deleted on Monday
A post created on June 6 at 1:21 p.m. called on officials who were involved in two violent incidents between the police and protesters in Buffalo, New York, and Atlanta to apply for jobs in Florida. This post was deleted on Monday along with a second one who recruited police officers from Minneapolis. On Monday afternoon, Gamin published an apology on the page, which was removed that night.
Bert Gamin, a 26-year-old veteran of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and president of the Brevard County Fraternal Order of Police.
Ivey denied any role in the posts or their subsequent deletions.
In Buffalo, 57 police officers left their unit after two of their colleagues were suspended for pushing an unarmed 75-year-old man to the ground and breaking his skull. The incident was recorded on video.
In Atlanta, six officials were criminally charged, four for crimes for arresting two black college students, a man and a woman, while leaving a protest in their car. The incident, which is also recorded on video, shows how they forcefully remove the couple from the vehicle, feel them, and hit the ground. One of the students suffered a broken wrist and a deep cut.
Ivey said that since Gamin had not been charged with a crime, he could not be suspended without payment for political reasons. Further action against Gamin would depend on the outcome of an internal investigation into violations of the Sheriff Office guidelines in Brevard County regarding professional conduct.
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This article originally appeared on Florida Today: The President of the Chapter of the Brotherhood of Police, Bert Gamin, has been suspended
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