I’m not a huge fan of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but I would have expected better conduct from a law enforcement officer.
Two police officers in Louisiana were fired for a soft threat against AOC and one for liking the post on Facebook.
I am not condoning this action against AOC but I am not remotely surprised this is happening. You can’t keep putting out dog whistles assuming everyone who heard it is sane. Don’t be surprised if one of these four women is the victim of actual violence. Certainly, hope not.
According to Reuters:
A Louisiana policeman who suggested on Facebook that high-profile U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez needed to be shot was fired on Monday, along with a second officer who “liked” his post.
Social media (FB) launched in 2006. People still haven’t figured it out
Officers Charles Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of the Gretna Police Department who made the social media comment on Thursday, and Angelo Varisco, who “liked” it, were terminated following a swift internal investigation, Chief Arthur Lawson told a news conference.
“This incident we feel has been an embarrassment to our department. These officers acted in a manner which was unprofessional, alluding to a violent act to be conducted a sitting U.S. congresswoman,” Lawson said.
He said an internal investigation had found that both men were in violation of the police department’s social media policy, on which they had been trained. The department would consider further instruction on the issue for the rest of its employees, Lawson said. [Reuters]
Another case in which “free speech” comes with consequences. When will people ever learn? I’m glad these officers were fired. No one should promote violence against someone they disagree with. No one, but especially not people in “positions of public trust” – doctors, nurses, teachers, policemen/women, firemen/women, daycare workers, judges, lawyers, etc.
Rispoli, who was responding to post about Ocasio-Cortez by the satirical news website tatersgonnatate.com that suggested the Democratic lawmaker thought U.S. troops were overpaid, wrote: “She needs a round – and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.“
As far as I’m concerned, that category should also include politicians. If you can’t handle exhibiting high moral standards, decent and honest behavior, and trustworthiness, etc., then do not be in one of these positions.
Do not be in a position of leadership or in a position where you are supposed to be a role model, where people are supposed to trust you and/or model themselves after you. There are lots of other jobs you can do.
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