Cop Under Investigation For Posting That AOC 'Needs A Round'

Gretna Police Officer Charlie Rispoli is the subject of an internal investigation due to his social media posts.

Gretna, LA – A veteran Louisiana police officer is under internal investigation for posting a controversial online comment about U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York).

“This vile idiot needs a round…….and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,” Gretna Police Officer Charlie Rispoli wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday, along with a satirical article about the congresswoman.

“It must be hard living with the IQ of a Chiclet,” he added.

Ocasio-Cortez formerly worked as a New York bartender.

The 14-year veteran-of-the-force deleted the post on Friday, and appeared to have deactivated his Facebook account by Saturday, The Times-Picayune reported.

Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson said that the post was “disturbing,” but that he does not believe the officer was actually making a threat against Ocasio-Cortez.

"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," Chief Lawson said.

“I will tell you this: This will not go unchecked," the chief added. "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."

Metropolitan Crime Commission President Rafael Goyeneche said that it doesn’t matter if the veteran officer was making a credible threat or not – the post was a breach of public trust.

“The police are held to a higher standard of professionalism,” Goyeneche told The Times-Picayune. “Even if this is not actually advocating somebody shoot someone, it’s totally inappropriate for a law enforcement officer to make this poor attempt at humor. All he did was discredit law enforcement in general and his department in particular.”

Chief Lawson said that his department recently underwent social media and diversity trainings, and that the officers all received news reports about officers who were being investigated for comments they made online.

"We do everything that we can through this department to train our officers to try to make them understand that when they do something like this, the impact is greater than the average citizen," he explained.

Ameer Baraka, one of the founders of the group that taught the officers’ diversity class, said that Officer Rispoli’s comment was undoubtedly “threatening,” WDSU reported.

“I don’t feel safe knowing that I actually trained this guy,” Baraka told the news outlet. “Unfortunately, this is something really, really deep and menacing…and it definitely needs to be eradicated.”

“If not, you’re gonna constantly get these spikes of rage out of police officers,” he added.

Chief Lawson confirmed that an internal affairs investigation is underway, and said that any disciplinary measures that may be imposed will not be made public.

"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,” the chief said.

Goyeneche said that police departments need to keep a record of such incidents “so you can track this and see trends,” The Times-Picayune reported.

“If there’s no record of this and the newspaper hadn’t discovered it, how would anyone know that this isn’t part of a pattern?” he asked. “this is one of your own…If you don’t use it as a teaching tool, I think you’re setting yourself up for future embarrassment.”

Officer Rispoli could not be reached for comment, The Times-Picayune reported.

The controversy surrounding law enforcement officers’ social media posts amped up in early June, after Injustice Watch released the so-called findings of its Plain View Project (PVP).

Injustice Watch is a non-profit organization that considers itself the legacy of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law and Northwestern University’s Medill Watchdog program, according to its website.

The PVP’s goal was to identify thousands of Facebook posts made by police officers nationwide that might offend somebody.

Since its launch in the fall of 2017, PVP has been scouring the Internet for any hint of offense in any post or comment by any user they could identify as a police officer, active duty and retired.

Then they created a database of more than 5,000 Facebook posts they felt “could undermine public trust and confidence in police," according to their website.

PVP found numerous “cop humor” memes that they determined were offensive, but they also targeted posts sharing news that the researchers found offensive.

The standards by which the posts were selected weren’t clearly defined but a deep dive into the database by Blue Lives Matter showed they were as inclusive as possible.

Our research showed that PVP placed officers in their database for sharing articles with which the researchers disagreed, even if the original poster had made no remarks and nobody had commented.

PVP also mined posts that had snarky comments that could be construed as offensive by some readers.

The database allows you to click on any given post and see available information about not only the law enforcement officer who posted it, but also those officers who commented on it, including their badge number and salary.

Each page offers a button that allows horrified readers to share the details of the posts directly to social media.

As if the attempted public shaming of law enforcement officers nationwide wasn’t satisfying enough, Injustice Watch took PVP’s research a step further.

Injustice Watch cross-referenced the database of posts PVP found offensive against lists of officers who had police brutality or civil rights complaints against them, BuzzFeed reported.

They also looked for officers who have had one or more federal civil rights lawsuits and whose Facebook posts had appeared on PVP’s list.

In the many cases, the organization was able to match up offensive posts with numerous officers for whom cities had paid thousands of dollars in settlements.

The database included breakout sections for four major cities - Philadelphia, Dallas, St. Louis, and Phoenix - and three smaller towns including York, Pennsylvania, Twin Falls, Idaho, and Denison, Texas.

Injustice Watch contacted many of those police departments directly, initiating internal affairs investigations that will end up costing them in money and manpower by the time they’re finished.

Comments (46)
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BlueLM101
BlueLM101

My brothers need to be a little smarter, because we all know how easily these liberals get triggered. I'm also tired of these trash bag liberal "watch groups" searching out and intentionally trying to ruin the careers and lives of the nations LEO's

The express
The express

Why is it that AOC + 3 can post whatever they want and nobody will say a F-ing about them. Yet now he has to deal with push-back?

JBo
JBo

Social media...again. Come on LEOs...gotta be smarter than this.

(I did like the Chiclet comment though.)

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

She's upset, bummer. She can't keep a train of thought on the same track. She goes around so many bunny trails & zig zagging between her own thoughts.
LEO'S should keep their thoughts to themselves or as previously posted, the left wingers/haters will dissect every word said against them. They're not loosing their jobs over.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I think that when he said she needed a "round" he meant that he wanted somebody to shoot a bullet from a firearm. Because he used the word "round" to mean bullet, that probably means he is ex-military, like Lee Harvey Oswald.

Woobie46
Woobie46

I happen to agree with him. That whole bs "squad" could use a round!

new2lv2
new2lv2

NOT on the officer's side on this. That was stupid thing to post. Makes us all look like the violent a-holes they're trying to make all law enforcement out to be. However, if he joins a national sports team, he actually hurt people and not be allowed to play ten games.

Co10706
Co10706

If you post stuff like that then your decision making is reckless. Find a job where your actions will not imperil the lives of your colleagues and the public. Police work is not for you

CopLivesDontMatter
CopLivesDontMatter

Maybe if the dumb fuck pig didn’t advocate shooting a member of the government he wouldn’t be in deep shit lmao

Marxest
Marxest

Assuming this all turns out to be true, this officer Charlie Rispoli or whatever his name is- needs to have his badge yanked and be tossed out on his ear. No LEO should EVER advocate violence towards anyone. Free speech does not extend to wards inciting violence. If he was stupid enough to make that mistake, then he simply isn't smart enough to be a police officer and must be sacked immediately. Personal opinions of elected officials, politicians, civil servants, police officers and all LEOs shouldn't be posted on social media, most of the time. When you do, like this clown did, you tarnish and harm the agency your a part of.

tfort
tfort

He and another deputy who “liked” the comment have been fired. Very poor judgement on their part.

You cannot advocate the killing of a congress member. It is really that simple.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

HA, maybe they were referring to AOC needing a round .........of drinks. Certainly I do when I try listening to her for more then 3 minutes. Its too painful otherwise.

Wish505
Wish505

Hum could the officer of been referring to 99 bottles of beer on the wall.

LEO1529
LEO1529

Once again, the double standard with the liberals and DemocRats! I remember when Madonna said: "Yes, I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House." The only thing that was heard after this was "crickets"!

NomonK
NomonK

She does need a round of applause for her stupidity.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Huge double standard here!!!! There are liberals who have publicly called for the death of law enforcement officers, and they were not immediately terminated.

That being said, he publicly advocated that a member of congress be killed, with a bullet. Termination is 100% appropriate. He crossed over line, one that he should have known not to.

My cousins in blue, especially with the Plain View Project resulting in how many officers losing their jobs, watch what you post on social media!!!! Especially that inflammatory stuff that WILL get your fired!

NomonK
NomonK

Just read this on another email : Dem. Sen. Jon Tester wants 2020 candidates to punch Trump in the face". Why can one get away with freedom of speech and the other can't?

MKD23
MKD23

@Woobie46 ~ Now you DO mean at the bar, right?

ksgtrpkr
ksgtrpkr

This is but one of the reasons why I am glad I have my 30 yrs in and am retired. Cops do not get 1st amendment protection like everyone else and everyone gets butthurt and over reacts to show how Politically correct they are in their agencies. This Officer said what millions have already thought, we are tired of this twit and the whole Democratic party and their BS.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Right now AOC is just 29 years old, so, too young to be elected as President of the USA. I think that when she gets old enough she will try to run. If she wins then policemen can work with her to learn how to be better policemen. If this happens, I think that there will be a period of adjustment for policemen all across the USA!

ForestRon
ForestRon

Bernie Sanders can threaten to kick the President's ass and it's no big deal. And this officer makes a statement, absent of a threat, and everyone gets their panties in a bunch? If I would have had to go through "social media and diversity trainings" during my career, I probably would have gotten some days off..

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Maybe she needed a "round" of drinks or a "round"of applause or a "round" of whatever....kind of assuming there ! You know know what they say about assuming. Back your Officers Sir...you may need your back covered some day.

spi
spi

He and another officer who liked his post have already been fired. So much for freedom of speech.

Andytheman
Andytheman

As a former leo I'm appalled at this stupidity. Don't they realize that they're giving the General public more reason to ambush apossible innocent officers just patrolling the streets or parked somewhere near an intersection watching traffic? He should be fired. I read where he and another idiot who "liked" the post were given the boot. Good!

Propolice
Propolice

Well What the hell? The idiots, thugs and excrement of the world can say, threaten, and do anything to our Officers but they get “offended” when someone uses an expression. “Deserves a bullet” is said far more often when referencing AOC.

question evrything
question evrything

POS cop needs to be in prison!!

xcop137
xcop137

In today’s environment I would delete my Facebook, snap chat, or any other social media account. Your a target. Wait until you retire and then feel free to exercise your first amendment rights.