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Police Officer Fired After Suggesting Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Be Shot

sydney.brooman 22 Jul 2019

A Louisiana police officer recently made a troubling Facebook post suggesting that New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot.

Charlie Rispoli has served in the Gretna, Louisiana police force for fourteen years, and his recent comments have garnered a fair amount of backlash.

Rispoli shared a satirical article about the congresswoman last week.

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The shared article is regarding a fake quote, something Ocasio-Cortez never actually said.

Above the post, Rispoli wrote: "This vile idiot needs a round...and I don't mean the kind she used to serve."

His comments are referring to the fact that the Congresswoman used to work as a bartender, though that implication is certainly less chilling than the threat of violence.

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Gretna Chief of Police Arthur Lawson called the post 'disturbing.'

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"This will not go unchecked," he told Nola.com. "I’m not going to take this lightly and this will be dealt with on our end. That’s not going to happen."

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"It’s not something we want someone that’s affiliated with our department to make these types of statements."

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Rispoli's Facebook post has since been deleted, though Nola.com was the first to publish a screenshot of the threat.

This violent comment follows a week of unrest regarding President Trump's comments that Ocasio-Cortez and three other congresswomen of color should "go back where they came from" even though three of them were born in the U.S.

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The police chief also asked Rispoli personally why he would make such a statement.

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"I spoke to him personally just to try to find out why," he explains, "I just couldn't understand and I think he just got caught up in the heat of the moment. I mean this wasn't even a real news article."

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On Monday, Chief Lawson confirmed that Rispoli had been fired over the incident.

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Officer Angelo Varisco, a co-worker who 'liked' Rispoli's post, has also been fired according to Lawson.

h/t: Nola.com, NBC News, CNN

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