Two police officers in Louisiana were fired Monday for a social media post suggesting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) should be shot.
Charlie Rispoli, a now-former officer of Gretna City Police Department, wrote on Facebook that Ocasio-Cortez “needs a round” and not “the kind she used to serve.” Accompanying his comments was a false story which included a fabricated quote attributed to the New York Democrat that read: “We pay soldiers too much,” according to NOLA.com. The New Orleans news site reports that Angelo Varisco, who was also fired from the Gretna police force, “liked” the post.
“This incident, we feel, has been an embarrassment to our department,” Gretna police chief Arthur Lawson said in a Monday press conference. “These officers have certainly acted in a manner which was unprofessional, alluding to a violent act be conducted against a sitting U.S. [Congresswoman], a member of our government, we are not going to tolerate that.” . . .
According to NOLA.com, Rispoli wrote the post about Ocasio-Cortez on his Facebook page Thursday, and the police department was made aware of it the following evening. Rispoli was placed on administrative leave without pay hours before Lawson notified the media of the pair’s firing. . .
Calls for President Donald Trump’s assassination have been a fixture since the real-estate tycoon announced his bid for the White House in June 2015. Hollywood stars such as Johnny Depp and Madonna, as well as Broadway legend Carole Cook, have mused about the president being killed. (Read more from “Two Police Officers Fired for Facebook Post About AOC” HERE)