A police officer posted a distasteful comment on Facebook suggesting that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot. The now-viral comment was posted on July 18. The officer also called her a “vile idiot.” These comments came after President Trump made controversial statements that many considered racist, condemning AOC and three other congresswomen.
Charlie Rispoli, a 14 year veteran at the Lousiana Police Department, posted a Facebook comment under a satirical site called “TatersGonnaTate.” The article in which he was commenting was titled: “Ocasio-Cortez on the Budget: ‘We Pay Soldiers Too Much.'”
Rispoli then suggested that the congresswoman should be shot. He wrote she “needs a round – and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,” which was a reference to AOC’s previous job as a bartender in New York, Newsweek reported.
The site, which is clearly satirical, apparently got Rispoli’s blood boiling to the point where he made these comments. Arthur Lawson, who is the department’s police chief, told Nola.com he was “disturbed” by the comments his officer made, which also violated the department’s social media policy, according to Lawson.
Lawson took this chance to condemn Ruspoli’s comments and separate the department from one officer’s comments. “Whether you agree or disagree with the message of these elected officials and how frustrated you may or may not get, this certainly is not the type of thing that a public servant should be posting,” Lawson said.
Lawson added: “I will tell you this: This will not go unchecked,” he said. “I’m not going to take this lightly and this will be dealt with on our end. It’s not something we want someone that’s affiliated with our department to make these types of statements. That’s not going to happen.”
Wayne Rau, a city councilman and the current mayor of Gretna, was disgusted by the comments. “I’m pretty appalled by it,” Rau said. “I don’t think this is a representation of the police department of the city of Gretna.”
Rispoli has since deleted his Facebook page. These comments came after President Trump made several controversial comments about AOC, Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
The four congresswomen have spoken in opposition of Trump’s administration. Last week, Trump posted on Twitter that the four freshman congresswomen should “go back” to the countries “from which they came.” He added: “you can’t leave soon enough.”
Trump has since been called a “racist” and “xenophobic” by Democrats and several Republicans. There has been fear that Trump’s comments could incite violence towards the four progressive congresswomen.