Two Louisiana police officers were just fired over the viral Facebook post suggesting US Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat currently embroiled in a media war with GOP president Donald Trump, should be shot
Gretna, Louisiana Police Chief Arthur Lawson announced the firing of Officers Charlie Rispoli and Angelo Varisco Monday afternoon, in the aftermath of the offensive post
Rispoli a 14-year-veteran of the dept shared a fake news story about AOC on Facebook Thursday, saying: ‘This vile idiot needs a round and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve’
His comment appeared to suggest that Ocasio-Cortez should be shot while also taking note of her former job as a bartender
Varisco who has spent two years as a member of Gretna PD later ‘liked’ the same post, which was removed on Friday
Former officer Charlie Rispoli deleted his Facebook account over the weekend
Charlie Rispoli [photo], was one of two Gretna Police Department officers who were fired Monday over a Facebook post suggesting U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot
A long serving Louisiana police officer who suggested on Facebook that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot was fired Monday along with a rookie cop who ‘liked’ the same status update.
14-year veteran officer Charlie Rispoli of the Gretna Police Department in Gretna, Louisiana shared a fake news story about AOC on his personal Facebook page Thursday along with a status update that said ‘This vile idiot needs a round and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.’
Rispoli’s comment implied that Ocasio-Cortez should be shot while also taking note of her former job as a bartender.
Fellow officer, Angelo Varisco, ‘liked’ Rispoli’s Facebook post before it was deleted on Friday after the New Orleans Times Picayune broke the story.
‘I think he just got caught up in the moment. This wasn’t even a real news article.’
Lawson noted that both officers worked as court security and never served as patrolmen.
Now the police chief said he wants the rest of his department to receive social media training.
The threatening post, first reported on by NOLA.com, was removed on Friday. Rispoli deleted his Facebook account over the weekend.
The former officer wrote the comments alongside a fake article he shared about Ocasio-Cortez that was written by satirical website Taters Gonna Tate.
The story falsely quoted Ocasio-Cortez and her thoughts on the budget, including that soldiers get paid to much.
Rispoli had worked for the Greta Police Department since 2005 prior to his termination.
Lawson previously said the officer’s post appeared to violate his department’s social media policy.
‘Whether you agree or disagree with the message of these elected officials and how frustrated you may or may not get, this certainly is not the type of thing that a public servant should be posting,’ the police chief said over the weekend.
The scandal came amid a flurry of stories about police officers posting racist comments and joining bigoted secret groups on Facebook.
Ocasio-Cortez is one of a group of four outspoken liberal menders of the US House of Reps, referred to as ‘The Squad. Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts are among the others.
The Congresswomen who have faced criticism and threats since they were elected this year.
The drama surrounding Rispoli comes soon after President Donald Trump made remarks about the four Congresswomen, saying they should ‘go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came’.