A Facebook submit by a Louisiana police officer suggesting that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “needs a round” drew criticism on Sunday from officers within the metropolis the place he works.
The officer, Charlie Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of the police division in Gretna, La., referred to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, in a submit on Thursday as “this vile idiot.”
The submit continued, saying she “needs a round — and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,” a reference to her previous work as a bartender, in line with a screenshot of his remark obtained by The Times-Picayune of New Orleans.
He was responding to a submit by the satirical web site tatersgonnatate.com with the headline “Ocasio-Cortez on the Budget: ‘We Pay Soldiers Too Much.’”
Wayne Rau, a metropolis councilman and the mayor professional tem of Gretna, a metropolis of about 18,000 individuals throughout the Mississippi River from New Orleans, condemned Officer Rispoli’s submit in an interview on Sunday.
“I’m pretty appalled by it,” Mr. Rau stated. “I don’t think this is a representation of the police department of the city of Gretna.”
Asked whether or not Officer Rispoli’s Facebook submit was a menace, he stated, “I’m not sure how to take that post.” He stated it must be as much as the town’s police chief, Arthur Lawson, to resolve on any disciplinary or prison motion.
In addition to Mr. Rau, there are 4 different members on the Gretna City Council. Three weren’t instantly accessible for remark on Sunday. The fourth, Jackie Berthelot, directed inquiries to the Police Department.
Efforts on Sunday to achieve Officer Rispoli, who appeared to have deactivated his Facebook account, have been unsuccessful. Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, declined to remark. Chief Lawson, who’s an elected official, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark on Sunday.
The chief instructed The Times-Picayune that he was disturbed by the submit.
“I will tell you this: This will not go unchecked,” he stated. “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.”
The chief stated that the submit appeared to violate the division’s social media coverage however that he didn’t suppose it rose to the extent of being a menace.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is a part of a quartet of first-year Democrats within the House often known as “the squad” who’ve obtained dying threats and have been instructed by President Trump to “go back where you came from” in a racially charged post on Twitter.
Belinda Constant, the mayor of Gretna, said on Sunday that she had been out of the state and was not immediately prepared to comment. “I will be looking into the situation,” Ms. Constant, a Democrat, said.
Eva Malecki, a spokeswoman for the United States Capitol Police, declined to say whether the agency was investigating.
“The mission of the United States Capitol Police is to protect and serve Congress,” she said. “However, we do not discuss how we carry out our protective responsibilities.”
The four congresswomen were also the subject of a recent Facebook post by the Republican County Chairmen’s Association of Illinois, which depicted them in a mock movie poster that referred to them as the “jihad squad.”
“Political Jihad is their game,” said the post, which was published on Friday and later deleted. “If you don’t agree with their socialist ideology you’re racist.”
It showed Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts brandishing guns.
On Sunday night, the state’s Republican Party chairman, Tim Schneider, issued a statement disavowing the post, which he said did not reflect the party’s values.
“Bigoted rhetoric greatly distracts from legitimate and important policy debates and further divides our nation,” Mr. Schneider said, adding, “I urge everyone who opposes them to keep the rhetoric focused on policy and ideology.”
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