A US police officer said that US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a “vile idiot” who should be shot, reported NOLA Saturday.
The Gretna officer Charlie Rispoli posted a comment on Facebook saying that Ocasio-Cortez is a “vile idiot who needs a round……and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.” The comment refers to the past of Ocasio-Cortez, who used to work as a bartender in New York City, and basically means that the Democratic Representative needs to be shot.
The comment comes amid a dispute between the so-called “squad,” which includes Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, and the US President Donald Trump, whose comments against the “Squad” were officially condemned by the US House of Representatives as ‘racist.’
Rispoli has not yet commented on the matter, however his Facebook post has been shown to his Chief Arthur Lawson, who found the post to be very “disturbing.”
“I will tell you this: This will not go unchecked,” Lawson 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.”
Lawson also said that the comment by Rispoli violates social media policy of the police department. “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,” he stated.
“We do everything that we can through this department to train our officers to try to make them understand that when they do something like this, the impact is greater than the average citizen,” Lawson said.
Rafael Goyeneche, president of the watchdog Metropolitan Crime Commission, who has also been shown the post by Rispoli, which has been taken down on Friday, said it was “totally inappropriate.”
“The police are held to a higher standard of professionalism. Even if this is not actually advocating somebody shoot someone, it’s totally inappropriate for a law enforcement officer to make this poor attempt at humor. All he did was discredit law enforcement in general and his department in particular.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website