Gretna Police Department fires two officers following controversial Ocasio-Cortez social media post

Gretna Police Department fires two officers following controversial Ocasio-Cortez social media post
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., a target of racist rhetoric from President Donald Trump, responds to reporters as she arrives for votes in the House, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Source: (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)/AP)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The Gretna Police Department fired two officers following a social media post that surfaced online over the weekend.

Officer Charlie Rispoli shared a post from the website “Tatersgonnatate.com” with the headline “Ocasio-Cortez On the Budget: ‘We Pay Soldiers Too Much’”. The post is marked by the website as satire.

With the shared post, Rispoli added the caption, “This vile idiot needs a round…and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.”

The post, which has since been deleted, was shared online after someone took a screenshot of the post.

Police Chief Arthur Lawson says Rispoli was fired Monday and Officer Angelo Varisco was terminated for “liking” the post.

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