In the midst of increased calls for police reform across the nation, some police departments have responded by holding their officers accountable by either firing or suspending officers who use excessive force during recent protests.
One police organization, however, has pledged to re-hire those very officers accused of misconduct, reports CNN.
On Saturday, 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 shoving a 75-year-old protester to the ground, resulting in a serious head injury.
According to CNN, “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 made on Sunday, the organization made the same offer to the Minneapolis police department, 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.
“Minneapolis officers… we will not disband our agencies or give in… we are hiring in Florida,” the post said.
Both posts, which have since been deleted, sparked outrage online, with many saying that the posts just proved why the police need to be defunded.
“You supporting police brutality and offering this state as a safe haven for bad cops will not be tolerated. This is why police should be defunded and disbanded,” one comment read.