US officers sacked for a post suggesting “lawmaker should 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 wrote that the Democrat needed “a round”, which was then “liked” by a fellow officer.

The police chief of Gretna said it was “an embarrassment to our department”.

It comes days after US President Donald Trump’s comments about Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and three of her colleagues in Congress that were widely derided as racist.

His tweets telling four congresswomen – all US citizens – to “go back” where they came from sparked an outcry from Democrats, as well as condemnation from some Republicans.

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.

“This vile idiot needs a round…and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,” he wrote.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, 29, worked as a waitress and bartender before stunning the political world last year by defeating veteran Joe Crowley in their party’s congressional primary in New York City.

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.

Mr. Trump said the women “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” and should “go back”.

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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