Matthew Archambeau


Matthew Archambeau is the Florida deputy under investigation for insensitive comments he wrote on social media about the death of George Floyd.

 Archambeau wrote that Floyd’s death was the “best outcome” and asserted that Floyd was a “thug” and “scum.”

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Archambeau has been associated with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office since 2010, Heavy confirmed over the phone with chief communications officer Crystal Clark. She also confirmed that the internal affairs division was managing the ongoing case.

Archambeau has been with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department since 2010. It was not immediately clear whether he has ever been formally reprimanded during his decade as a deputy. Heavy has requested Archambeau’s personnel file from the sheriff’s office.

When Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, Tampa was among the cities where protesters gathered to demonstrate in the days and weeks following his death.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was also among the law enforcement agencies that responded to the scene.

In addition to his work as a patrol deputy, Archambeau also operates a landscaping and lawn care company. Records with the Florida Secretary of State's office list Archambeau as the registered agent of a company called “Lawn Enforcement and Property Care LLC.” The business was registered with the state in May 2015.


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Archambeau is under investigation for comments he made on a Facebook group called Police Blotter. The “about” section explains in part: “The name of this page is Law Enforcement WTF! Moments. Decide for yourself what the ‘WTF!’ means… We are Pro LE and Pro Military. Bashing of either group will not be tolerated. Whiners will be ridiculed. If you want to enjoy a funny law enforcement page that is not politically correct…this is the page for you.”

On August 19, Archambeau commented on an article related to the ongoing case against the four officers involved in Floyd’s death. The story was about a memo that the attorney representing Thomas Lane, Earl Gray, had filed in defense of his client. Gray noted that the autopsy had revealed Floyd had drugs in his system at the time of his death.

Archambeau wrote on Facebook: “It’s sad the officers are dealing with this mess. But him dead is the best outcome.”

Another commenter responded with dismay: “really? Thats beyond messed up. I really hope you don’t wear a badge… People with your mentality give other officers a bad name.” Archambeau insinuated that Floyd was a “thug” in his response: “I know, your compassion for thugs is much more beneficial in life than someone who hates them.”

A third Facebook user then weighed in: “We are not the judge, jury, OR executioner. It is never in our place to kill someone who is not putting our lives in danger.” Archambeau responded to her: “good news, no one killed him. He killed himself.”

However, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office disagreed with that sentiment. The coroner ruled Floyd’s death a homicide. The medical examiner’s office explained Floyd’s cause of death in a June 1 news release: “Cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression. Manner of death: Homicide. How injury occurred: Decedent experienced a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement officer(s).”

Archambeau continued in the comments section on Police Blotter: “at least we can agree that he should have been killed the day he had a gun to a pregnant females stomach.” He also responded to another Facebook user: “Only person who could defend someone convicted of multiple felonies, one being a robbery home invasion on a pregnant female, and a complete junkie.. would be a scumbag himself.” He then added in a final comment: “oh, the wrongful accusations of the officers wasn’t wrong? His violent criminal history isn’t wrong? Tell me, what benefit did he provide society? Scum.”

Archambeau was referring to Floyd’s 2007 arrest for armed robbery in Houston. 

Archambeau has remained on the job as the internal affairs probe progresses, WTSP-TV reported but his comments are still visible to the public. As of this writing, Archambeau’s remarks remained on the Police Blotter page.

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