The New Orleans Advocate reports:
The Gretna Police Department has put Officer Charlie Rispoli on administrative leave following Rispoli’s Facebook comment last week that suggested a Democratic congresswoman should be shot.
The email, sent just before 1 p.m. Monday, said Rispoli has been suspended without pay pending the department’s internal investigation.
Rispoli had posted a story about U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to his Facebook page Thursday and included a comment calling the Democratic congresswoman “a vile idiot” and saying she “needs a round, and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.”
Yesterday the police chief said that any discipline against the cop would not be made public, but the story has since made national headlines.
Rispoli was responding to a fake news item which claims that AOC wants lower pay for military members.
And we have an update:
The Gretna Police Department has fired two officers after an incident in which one posted a comment on Facebook last week that 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.”