“This vile idiot needs a round,” Charlie Rispoli wrote in the Facebook post. “And I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.”
The post was later deleted, but screenshots were circulated on social media.
Rispoli was a fourteen-year-veteran with the Gretna Police Department, while Angelo Varisco was also fired for reportedly “liking” the post. Varisco had been with the force for two years.
Ocasio-Cortez used the post to blame President Donald Trump on Monday and accuse him of purposely sparking violence against her and another politicians without taking accountability.
“This is Trump’s goal when he uses targeted language & threatens elected officials who don’t agree w/ his political agenda. It’s authoritarian behavior,” she tweeted. “The President is sowing violence. He’s creating an environment where people can get hurt & he claims plausible deniability.”This incident, we feel, has been an embarrassment to the department.
The president had said that she and four other minority female members of Congress should go back to their countries of origin, despite only one being an immigrant to the United States.
“This incident, we feel, has been an embarrassment to the department,” said Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson.
“I think he just got caught up in the heat of the moment, I mean this wasn’t even a real news article,” he added, referring to the satirical article that the officer posted along with his comment in the Facebook post.
Here’s a local video about the firing:
2 Gretna police officers fired after Facebook post suggests Rep. Ocasio-Cortez should be shot