2 Gretna cops fired after post about AOC

Chris Miller
July 22, 2019 - 2:49 pm

Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson today announced two officers have been fired over an officer's post to Facebook about Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York).

One of the officers, Charles Rispoli, posted a politically charged Facebook post that suggests violence against a congresswoman.  

The case that grew out of a war of words between President Trump and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  She is one of the four congresswomen known as "The Squad."

Officer Charlie Rispoli said, "This vile idiot needs a round.......and I don't mean the kind she used to serve."

The comment came with a link to the website tatersgonnatate.com; which describes itself as "parody, satire, and tomfoolery."  Rispoli shared an article on the self proclaimed "junk news" site that made up a quote from Ocasio-Cortez saying U.S. soldiers are paid too much.

Another officer, whom Lawson didn't name during the news conference but later identified as Angelo Varisco, "liked" the Facebook post, and was terminated for it. 

"It wasn't even a real news article," Lawson said Monday afternoon. "Whether it was a joke or wasn't a joke, it was improper.

"To insinuate a violent act against an individual, against an elected official, against a seated U.S. Congressman," said Lawson. "We've seen this, we experienced an act like this here, you know. Congressman Steve Scalise was a victim of this type of incident."

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