Two Louisiana police officers have been fired over a Facebook post that appeared to threaten Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—one for posting it, and the other for liking it. Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson said Charlie Rispolo and Angelo Varisco were fired for violating the department's social media policy, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Rispoli had shared a fake news story about the Democrat thinking soldiers are paid too much, calling her a "vile idiot" and saying she "needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve." Rispoli is a 14-year veteran of the force and Varisco, who liked the post, joined the force in 2016.
"This incident, we feel, has been an embarrassment to our department," the chief told reporters Monday. "These officers have certainly acted in a manner which was unprofessional, alluding to a violent act to be conducted against a sitting US congressman, a member of our government. We're not going to tolerate that." The chief described Rispoli as remorseful and expressed puzzlement that the officer had reacted so strongly to a satirical news story, the New York Times reports. "I think he just got caught up in the heat of the moment,” the chief said. "And this wasn’t even a real news article." In a tweet about the case Monday, Ocasio-Cortez accused President Trump of "sowing violence" and "creating an environment where people can get hurt." (Read more Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stories.)