A Louisiana police officer is facing criticism for suggesting on Facebook that New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “needs a round”.
Charlie Rispoli, who according to nola.com reports has worked at Gretna Police Department for 14 years, called Ocasio-Cortez a “vile idiot” who “needs a round, and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve”.
Seeing as Ocasio-Cortez used to be a bartender, it is thought that the “round” Rispoli was referring to is ammunition.
According to a screenshot captured by nola.com, Rispoli posted the comments on a now-deleted post he shared from the satirical website tatersgonnatate.com. Though the photo on the post is marked as “satire”, it appears Rispoli wasn't pleased by the story. The post was taken down and Rispoli’s page was deactivated soon after.
Police chief Arthur Lawson strongly criticised the post.
I will tell you this: This will not go unchecked.
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 said the comment appeared to violate the department’s social media policy, saying the department’s internal affairs office would look into it.
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.