Two Gretna police officers fired after Facebook post suggests Rep. Ocasio-Cortez should be shot

Louisiana

Two Gretna police officers were fired Monday in relation to a Facebook post that alluded to shooting U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, WWL-TV reports.

“This incident, we feel, has been an embarrassment to our department,” Chief Arthur Lawson said during a press conference announcing the arrests. “These officers certainly acted in a manner which was unprofessional alluding to a violent act to be conducted against a sitting U.S. congressman.”

The fired officers, who Lawson said have received threats in recent days, were identified as Charles Rispoli and Angelo Varisco.

Rispoli posted a story from a satirical news website which claimed that Ocasio-Cortez said soldiers are paid too much.

“This vile idiot needs a round……..and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,” Rispoli wrote about the article, referencing a gunshot and the lawmaker’s earlier career as a bartender.

Eva Malecki, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police, declined to say whether that agency viewed the post as a threat. “We do not discuss how we carry out our protective responsibilities for Congress,” she told The Washington Post.

The Facebook post has since been deleted. Varisco was fired since he liked the post, Lawson said.

Both officers were fired since they violated the department’s social media policies.

The firings were swift. Lawson said he first learned of Rispoli’s comments on Friday after The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate asked him for comment.

Lawson said both officers cooperated with an internal investigation.

“It’s a tough lesson, but hopefully it’s a lesson learned,” Lawson said.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Overcast

Abbeville

70°F Overcast Feels like 70°
Wind
5 mph S
Humidity
92%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Thunderstorms likely. Low 63F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
62°F Thunderstorms likely. Low 63F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Wind
8 mph SW
Precip
80%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Overcast

Crowley

70°F Overcast Feels like 70°
Wind
5 mph S
Humidity
97%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Showers and thundershowers likely. Low 58F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
62°F Showers and thundershowers likely. Low 58F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Wind
8 mph SW
Precip
80%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Overcast

Opelousas

71°F Overcast Feels like 71°
Wind
6 mph SSW
Humidity
95%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. Low around 55F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
62°F Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. Low around 55F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Wind
8 mph SW
Precip
80%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Overcast

Breaux Bridge

70°F Overcast Feels like 70°
Wind
6 mph S
Humidity
97%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Showers and thundershowers likely. Low 61F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
62°F Showers and thundershowers likely. Low 61F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Wind
8 mph SW
Precip
80%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous
Overcast

New Iberia

70°F Overcast Feels like 70°
Wind
7 mph SSW
Humidity
100%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Cloudy with rain ending overnight. Low 41F. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Higher wind gusts possible.
41°F Cloudy with rain ending overnight. Low 41F. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Higher wind gusts possible.
Wind
19 mph NNE
Precip
60%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waxing Gibbous

Local News

More Local

Sidebar

Trending Stories