A Gretna, Louisiana, police officer is under fire after stating in a Facebook post that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) ‘needs a round.’
What are the details?
Charlie Rispoli, a 14-year-veteran of the Gretna Police Department in southeast Louisiana, shared the offending post on Thursday.
Rispoli captioned the post — which featured a satirical news article about Ocasio-Cortez — with the disturbing remark.
“This vile idiot needs a round[.] And I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,” he wrote, alluding to her previous bartender background. Rispoli has since deleted the remark, but copies of it remain on the internet.
The original news article was titled, “Ocasio-Cortez on the Budget: ‘We Pay Soldiers Too Much,'” and published by satire website Taters Gonna Tate.
According to NOLA.com, Rispoli’s Facebook page was deactivated by Sunday.
What did the police chief say about this?
Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson said that he planned to take the officer’s post seriously.
“I will tell you this: This will not go unchecked,” he said. “I’m not going to take this lightly and this will be dealt with on our end. It’s not something we want someone that’s affiliated with our department to make you these types of statements. That’s not going to happen.”
Lawson would not say if he believed the remark to be considered a threat.
“Whether you agree or disagree with the message of these elected officials and how you frustrated you may or may not get, this certainly is not the type of thing that a public servant should be posting,” he explained.
The chief added the matter would he handled internally.
The outlet also quoted Rafael Goyeneche, who is president of the watchdog Metropolitan Crime Commission in New Orleans.
Goyeneche condemned the post and said that police officers should not engage in such behaviors.
“The police are held to a higher standard of professionalism,” he insisted. “Even if this is not actually advocating somebody shoot someone, it’s totally inappropriate for a law enforcement officer to make this poor attempt at humor. All he did was discredit law enforcement in general and his department in particular.”
Gretna Mayor Wayne Rau condemned Rispoli’s remarks in a Sunday interview.
“I’m pretty appalled by it,” Rau said. “I don’t think this is a representation of the police department of the City of Gretna.”
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