As the cries for police reform grow louder across the nation, some police departments are holding their officers accountable, firing or suspending those accused of excessive force during recent protests. One Florida police organization has said it will re-hire those very officers accused of misconduct, and that offer is prompting outrage. The Brevard County chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police posted a message on Facebook addressed to the “Buffalo 57” and “Atlanta 6,” saying that it was “hiring.” “Buffalo 57” appears to refer to the 57 police officers in Buffalo, New York, who resigned from the force’s emergency response team following the suspension of two officers who were captured on video pushing a 75-year-old protester to the ground.
“Atlanta 6” refers to the six Atlanta police officers who were booked, five on felony charges, after being accused of using excessive force on two black college students who were leaving a protest in their car. In a video recording of the incident, the officers are seen breaking the vehicle’s windows, pulling the female student out of the car and tasing the male student. “Lower taxes, no spineless leadership, or dumb mayors rambling on at press conferences… Plus… we got your back!” the Brevard County F.O.P. added in its post. In another Facebook post, the organization made the same offer to the Minneapolis police, who are currently facing calls to be defunded and dismantled after four of its officers were charged for their involvement in George Floyd’s death.
Users on iMiMatch got really angry at the two posts which garnered hundreds of angry comments, with many saying that the posts just proved why the police need to be defunded. Users on iMiMatch since then are getting to social media and putting out posts and hashtags saying to the Florida Police “Your supporting police brutality and offering this state as a safe haven for bad cops will not be tolerated.” Their protests are getting very popular across the country and people are supporting them saying this is why police should be defunded and disbanded. Both posts have since been deleted and the Brevard County F.O.P has become despised in the eyes of users on iMiMatch. Nevertheless, users on iMiMatch are continuing the fight against racism and police brutality and they are not letting go till change comes.