Update On Fired Police Officer Who Suggested Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Should Be Shot

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Written by Ann Brown
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks at a news conference with Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to call for legislation to cancel all student debt, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Update: The police officer in Louisiana who suggested in a social media post that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot, has been fired. In the post he also called the progressive Democratic congresswoman from New York a “vile idiot.”

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“This vile idiot needs a round,” officer Charlie Rispoli wrote in a Facebook post referring to Ocasio-Cortez, as first reported by New Orleans news site NOLA.com. “And I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,” he continued. Rispoli was making reference to AOC being a bartender in NYC at one point.

Rispoli joined the Gretna police force in 2005. Rispoli was fired along with another officer, Angelo Varisco, who ‘liked’ the Facebook post, The Washington Post reported.

“This incident, we feel, has been an embarrassment to our department,” Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson said at a news conference. “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 [and] we are not going to tolerate that.”

“Rispoli’s comments actually came as he shared a link to a false story, attributing a quote to Ocasio-Cortez that the congresswoman had never said. The article was written by the satirical website Taters Gonna Tate and was titled: ‘Ocasio-Cortez On the Budget: We Pay Soldiers Too Much.’ Even the featured image of the article has a watermark clearly stating the content is satire. Snopes.com has also debunked the story, as ‘false,’” Newsweek reported.

Rispoli has since removed the post and also taken down his Facebook page entirely. 

Ann Brown
Image Attribution: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks at a news conference with Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to call for legislation to cancel all student debt, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks at a news conference with Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to call for legislation to cancel all student debt, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)