The Brevard County Fraternal Order of Police has deleted a post that it published on its Facebook page about hiring officers who have recently been suspended/fired, following a backlash on social media.
On Saturday, a social media manager for the police union posted a message that said:
“Hey, Buffalo 57… and Atlanta 6… we are hiring in Florida. Lower taxes, no spineless leadership, or dumb mayors rambling on at press conference…Plus…we got your back!”
The ‘Buffalo 57’ refers to the 57 police officers from a specialist unit within the Buffalo Police Department who all resigned from their unit (Emergency Response Team) after two of their colleagues were suspended after allegedly pushing over a protester.
Many civilian news outlets reported that the 57 officers resigned from their roles as police officers when in fact they resigned from the specialist unit that they had volunteered to join.
The ‘Atlanta 6’ refers to the six Atlanta police officers who were suspended from active duty and charged with various offences after they stopped a car which they thought had protesters in it.
In America, the Fraternal Order of Police is not an official law enforcement department as has been suggested in some parts of the civilian media.
Instead, they are a trade union which represents over 346,000 police officers in 2,100 local chapters.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office was quick to disassociate itself from the post.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey, from Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, said:
“The ‘Brevard County FOP’ page and organisation has no official affiliation with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and was not authorised in any capacity by me or our agency to recruit or comment on our behalf”.
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