The New Orleans Advocate reports:
A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “vile idiot” who “needs a round, and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.”
The comment, which alludes to the freshman Democrat’s past work as a NYC bartender while apparently saying she should be shot, comes amid increasing scrutiny of racist and violent social media posts by police officers in departments across the country. Charlie Rispoli’s comment referred to a fake news story he posted to his personal Facebook page.
The story’s headline attributed a fabricated quote to Ocasio-Cortez saying, “We pay soldiers too much.” The photo on the post is marked as “satire” and it had been labeled “false” by the website snopes.com on Wednesday, but Rispoli appeared to be upset by it.
The local police chief says the post doesn’t constitute a threat but does violate departmental social media policy. Actions against Rispoli, if any, will not be made public.