Reuters Washington, United States
Jul 23, 2019, 12.10 PM
Two Louisiana policemen were fired Monday over an incendiary Facebook post suggesting a liberal congresswoman should be shot, as President Donald Trump's tweets attacking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers sparked a national uproar.
The officer's Facebook post followed criticism that the president's incendiary rhetoric, which continued Monday with a new tweet about the four "very racist" and "not very smart" Democratic congresswomen, was bordering on incitement to violence.
"This vile idiot needs a round.......and I don't mean the kind she used to serve," Charlie Rispoli, of the Gretna police department, wrote of former bartender Ocasio-Cortez.
He was writing in response to a news article published by a self-styled "satirical" website which falsely claimed the lawmaker had said American soldiers were paid too much.
Following an investigation, Gretna police chief Arthur Lawson fired Rispoli -- as well as fellow officer Angelo Varisco, who "liked" Rispoli's post.
"Both of these officers we consider have violated our policies regarding social media," Lawson said at a press conference posted online.
"This incident, we feel, has been an embarrassment to our department. These officers have certainly acted in a manner which was unprofessional," he said.
"Alluding to a violent act to be conducted against a sitting congressman, a member of our government -- we're not going to tolerate that."