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Two Louisiana Police Officers Fired Over Facebook Post Suggesting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Should Be Shot
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=51223"><span class="small">Marlena Baldacci and Paul LeBlanc, CNN</span></a>   
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 13:16

Excerpt: "Two police officers in Louisiana were fired Monday after one wrote a Facebook post suggesting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot and the other liked it."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a town hall in Jackson Heights, Queens. (photo: Dan Herrick)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a town hall in Jackson Heights, Queens. (photo: Dan Herrick)


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Two Louisiana Police Officers Fired Over Facebook Post Suggesting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Should Be Shot

By Marlena Baldacci and Paul LeBlanc, CNN

23 July 19

 

wo police officers in Louisiana were fired Monday after one wrote a Facebook post suggesting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot and the other liked it.

Officer Charles Rispoli wrote in the post last week that the progressive freshman is a "vile idiot" who "needs a round ... and I don't mean the kind she used to serve," an apparent reference to Ocasio-Cortez's former job as a bartender. Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson told reporters Monday that Rispoli -- along with Officer Angelo Varisco, who "liked" the post -- had been fired.

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

The incident underlines not only the outsized attention Ocasio-Cortez has drawn as the face of an evolving Democratic Party, but also a heated political climate in which Capitol Police say threats against members of Congress continue to climb.

Ocasio-Cortez responded to Rispoli's post, which was first reported by The Times-Picayune-New Orleans Advocate, by tying the language to President Donald Trump's recent racist attacks against her and three other congresswomen of color. Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow freshmen congresswomen -- known as "the Squad" -- have been engaged in a personal and public feud which has escalated as Trump has continued to criticize them in an effort to paint the Democratic Party as far-left. The congresswomen, especially Ocasio-Cortez, have taken to social media to defend themselves against Trump's attacks.

"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 Monday. "The President is sowing violence. He's creating an environment where people can get hurt & he claims plausible deniability."

CNN was not able to reach Rispoli for comment. The Gretna Police Department and The Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police did not return CNN's calls for comment.

Rispoli's Facebook post was in response to a satirical article that featured Ocasio-Cortez saying, "We pay soldiers too much" -- something the congresswoman hasn't said. It's unclear whether Rispoli knew he was responding to a satirical article.

Lawson said Monday the Facebook post "violated our policy, it was in a nature that certainly was not supported by our agency and, promoted violence."

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

Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said in a hearing before the House Administration Committee earlier this month that cases opened to assess threats against members of Congress "continue to grow."

"For FY 2018, we had approximately 4,894 cases. So far for this year, we have 2,502 cases," Sund said. "So we're on par to probably break last year's record."

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Comments  

 
+1 # librarian1984 2019-07-24 03:58
Violence has robbed liberals of inspirational leaders like JFK, RFK, Malcolm X, MLK and others. I often wonder how our history would be different if we'd still had them around all these years.

What's especially disturbing is that law enforcement, trained and armed by the government, should show the MOST restraint concerning violence, not the least.
 
 
+2 # RLF 2019-07-24 04:34
Wow! What a surprise! A police chief that did the right thing and won't tolerate overt hate on his force! What a rare goose we see here!
 
 
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-24 07:21
AOC is in a very difficult position. As she gets better known and more controversial, all kinds of vicious things will be said about her. She's a public figure and they are always subject to lots of verbal abuse. But there are limits. Disagreements with policy and discussions of policy are OK and good, even when impassioned.

But threats of violence are never OK. These cops should be fired and prosecuted. Threats of violence are pretty common among police. All of this behavior should be punished.

I hope AOC remains strong. The attacks on her are just disgusting and they are a huge distraction from the kinds of policies she wants to present to Americans.
 
 
0 # SusanT136 2019-07-24 08:47
“The incident underlines not only the outsized attention Ocasio-Cortez has drawn as the face of an evolving Democratic Party, but also a heated political climate in which Capitol Police say threats against members of Congress continue to climb.”

Why don’t the Capitol Police tell it like it is? Ilhan Omar and AOC get the majority of these threats, although there was a shooting at a Republican baseball practice last year. Threats are up even from last year.