- Gretna Police Officer Charlie Rispoli was fired on Monday after making a Facebook saying Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “needs a round”
- Rispoli was initially placed on administrative leave without pay after receiving backlash over the comment
- Before making the post that cost him his 17-year career Rispoli had just finished taking social media training to avoid a situation like this
In Louisiana, Gretna Police Officer Charlie Rispoli has been fired along with officer Angelo Varisco after calling Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “vile idiot” then saying she “needs a round” on his personal Facebook. Varisco “laugh reacted” at Rispoli’s post.
Charlie Rispoli Fired
In a tweet from WDSU-NBC reporter Christina Watkins Rispoli’s termination was announced. Before Monday’s decision, Rispoli had been initially placed on administrative leave without pay pending an investigation. Rispoli was a 17 year veteran of the force.
The Original Post From Rispoli
Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson decided to fire the two officers on Monday afternoon. During a press briefing, Lawson said the situation was “very, very disappointing.” He want on to condemn Rispoli’s behavior on social media, calling it “completely irresponsible and intolerable.”
It’s very, very disappointing. To insinuate a violent act against a seated U.S. congresswoman… it’s completely irresponsible and intolerable.Grtna Police Chief Arthur Lawson
Rispoli had just finished social media training intended to make officers think before they post the kind of stuff he was fired for. In specific, the training deals with racial bias. Regardless of his recent training, Rispoli shared a fake news article about Ocasio-Cortez while suggesting she needed to be shot.
Rispoli deleted the post and appears to have even deleted his social media following backlash from the post. The article Rispoli posted was from the satirical website tatersgonnatate.com. Ironically enough, the website claims to take pride in “expos[ing] and criticiz[ing] people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.”