Pro-Trump Cop Who Sent Death Threat To AOC Just Received His Punishment
In a very cruel Facebook post, Gretna Police Department officer, Charlie Rispoli, suggested that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) needed to be shot.
On Monday, the Gretna Police Department released a statement saying that Rispoli would be put on suspended leave without pay until an internal investigation is done, according to NOLA.com.
Rispoli’s threats gained national attention after Donald Trump attacked Ocasio-Cortez and three of her colleagues, telling them to go back to where they came from.
Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter that the officer’s post was a consequence of Trump’s rhetoric.
“This is Trump’s goal when he uses targeted language & threatens elected officials who don’t agree w/ his political agenda. It’s authoritarian behavior,” Ocasio-Cortez said in tweet that linked to a story about Rispoli’s post. “The President is sowing violence. He’s creating an environment where people can get hurt & he claims plausible deniability.”
This is Trump’s goal when he uses targeted language & threatens elected officials who don’t agree w/ his political agenda. It’s authoritarian behavior.
The President is sowing violence. He’s creating an environment where people can get hurt & he claims plausible deniability. https://t.co/GuYKPGzSLm
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 22, 2019
Rispoli, who has been a member of the Gretna Police Department since 2005, last week shared a Facebook post that described Ocasio-Cortez as a “vile idiot” who “needs a round.”
“And I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,” Rispoli said, apparently referencing Ocasio-Cortez’s career as a bartender.
Chief Arthur Lawson told the news outlet over the weekend that he did not believe Rispoli’s comments represented a threat against the congresswomen. But he did say that the Facebook post was “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.”
Gretna police added on Monday that Rispoli had recently completed training that deals with social media and racial bias, NBC affiliate WDSU reported.
“I’m very surprised particularly all of the effort we put into training our officers not to put themselves or put this department into these types of situations,” Lawson said.