Jul 23, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez: Officers sacked for post suggesting lawmaker be shot

Two US police officers in Louisiana have been fired over a Facebook post suggesting congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot. Charles Rispoli of the Gretna police department in Louisiana was responding to a post by a satirical news website that falsely suggested Ms Ocasio-Cortez believed US troops were overpaid. Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson told reporters that both Charles Rispoli and a fellow officer who "Liked" the post, Angelo Varisco, had been fired. The US president caused international outrage last week over a series of tweets about Ms Ocasio-Cortez and fellow first-term, ethnic minority lawmakers Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley. The president did not explicitly name the women in his initial Twitter tirade, but the context made a clear link to the four Democratic congresswomen, who are known as The Squad. Ms Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: "He's simply an impulsive racist, one who leaves his party scrambling to excuse bigotry and scam the country."

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