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Louisiana officer suggested Ocasio-Cortez should be shot

Posted at 6:48 AM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 16:38:55-04

UPDATE: The Gretna officer who posted that a U.S. Congresswoman should be shot, as well as a fellow officer who liked the post, have been fired.

Our media partners at The Times Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate posted the story.

The post suggested U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot.

The author of the post, Charlie Rispoli, and another officer who "liked" it, Angelo Varisco, have been fired, Gretna police chief Arthur Lawson announced at a press conference Monday afternoon.

“This incident, we feel, has been an embarrassment to our department," he said. "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.”

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GRETNA, La. (AP) - A Louisiana police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a "vile idiot" and suggesting that she be shot.

Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson said Friday that his officer's post was "disturbing," but he doesn't believe it constitutes an actual threat.

The Times-Picayune/ The New Orleans Advocate reports Officer Charlie Rispoli wrote that Ocasio-Cortez "needs a round" and not "the kind she used to serve." The post included a fake story with a fabricated quote to make it appear as if Ocasio-Cortez said "We pay soldiers too much."

The chief says the post violated department policy. Internal affairs is investigating. Any disciplinary measures wouldn't be made public.