Louisiana Cop Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Should Be Shot
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Louisiana Cop Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Should Be Shot

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A Louisiana police officer has come under fire after appearing to call for violence against Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Last week, Officer Charlie Rispoli of the Gretna Police Department made an online post saying that Ocasio-Cortez should be shot. He also seemed to make a joke about her previous job as a bartender

“This vile idiot needs a round and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,” Rispoli wrote in a public Facebook post.

It didn’t take long for the backlash to begin. Within hours, Rispoli was forced to remove the post, then shortly after, he deleted his account from Facebook.

Rispoli’s comments were added as a caption to a fake news article from a satirical website that falsely quoted Ocasio-Cortez on budget positions. The part that seemed especially upsetting for the officer was a claim that Ocasio-Cortez said that soldiers get paid too much money. This quote was false, but it sure did get Rispoli fired up.

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The Officer’s Future

Police chief Arthur Lawson responded to the accusations against Rispoli, saying that his comments were disturbing, but that they should not be taken seriously.

Still, Lawson promised that there would be consequences for the officer in question.

‘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.

“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 added.

The official Facebook page for The Gretna Police Department has been flooded with comments from people demanding that the officer lose his job, but it doesn’t seem like he will face anything more than a slap on the wrist.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) listen as Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, testifies before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill Feb. 27, 2019. Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

“The Squad”

Ocasio-Cortez and a number of other young progressive Congresswomen, known as “The Squad” who have become well-known for their intense rivalry with US President Donald Trump. Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts are also a part of this “Squad.”

The feud has taken center stage in the media this month, after Trump was accused of racism after telling the congresswomen that they should “go back to the crime-infested places” they came from if they want to complain about the conditions in the United States.

Alex Baldridge is an activist and freelance journalist from the midwestern United States who was inspired to become a writer after watching the development of the Wikileaks story and the persecution of Julian Assange. Razor is especially interested in topics like surveillance, the rise of automation, foreign policy, prison reform, and the legal system.

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