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New Orleans Cop Suspended for Trayvon Martin Comment

March 27, 2012  | 

A New Orleans Police officer has been suspended indefinitely without pay for an online comment about the Trayvon Martin case.

Officer Jason Giroir commented on an online news story that a young man wearing a hooded sweatshirt deserved to die because he "acted like a thug." Giroir posted on a WWL-TV article about protests in the Martin case, "Act like a Thug Die like one!"

"To say I'm angry is an understatement. I'm furious," Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told the Times-Picayune.

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RAL @ 3/27/2012 9:58 PM

He was a dumb-ass to post the comment, but being dumb is not against the law. Sounds as if the Superintendent thinks he has the right to suspend the 1st Amendment. I am sure that the ACLU will leap to the Officer's defense.

Greg @ 3/28/2012 4:00 AM

Can't talk about Saint Trayvon...what, show a later photo of the thug-wanna-bee with his gold teeth, gang signs, pants around his knees and talk of beating a bus driver...kicked out for drugs/robbery tools, bag of women's jewelry...nope, just planted, or as Tawana Brawley's excuser claimed, "They're not violent stuff, ignore them".

Officer was truly stupid to give his name when making politically incorrect statements about a saint. The chief is a typical politician, no surprise there he instantly beat his chest in horror.

The Times-Picayune had a real peice of manure article full of Jesse Jackson talking points vs. facts as known. I just keep waiting for the photos of the saint when he was 10 to be replaced by recent photos of the gangster-wanna-be.

Frank @ 3/28/2012 4:59 AM

I felt Zimmerman was in the wrong. Maybe Sanford PD should have dispatched a crusier instead of giving verbal instructions over the phone. Now that the facts and eye witnesses observed the incident. Both parties were in the wrong. However you do not go over and punch someone in the nose and smash his head against the ground. Martin figured this guy was a push over. Martin lost his life over a stupid incident. Now we have another racial incident on our hands. If you step back these incidents are from young kids wanting to be tough guys instead of getting an education and direction from their parents. I respect people like Bill Crosby who actually tell it how it is. Jackson, Sharpton and the rest are nothing more then high priced rebel rousers. They should have waited for the facts belong starting their old rants. They continously fuel the fire instead of letting the Justice system takeover. We are not in some third world country. I been around long enough to think Cultural Divesity does not work the way we would like it too. The more cultures introduced into this country the worst it seems to get. Who feels they get the short end of the stick now?

Tom @ 3/28/2012 5:00 AM

I don't see anything wrong with the comment.

Tim @ 3/28/2012 6:07 AM

Everybody's got an opinion. Bottom line is this bitch has no right to do what did, no right to kill anybody,even if this kid was wearing a klansman hood and robe, he had no right. Jackson, Sharpton and many others are suppose to get involved that's what they do. God forbid something like this happened to your child.

SmallTownChief @ 3/28/2012 6:25 AM

The issue is that not all the facts are in yet. Thus far it's just a mess. Why the US Justice Department is involved is nothing more than political drama. If there was a second glance at the case, it should have been by the Sheriff's Department, then by the State Police / Patrol. Police Officers do not generally enjoy the same freedom of speech as regular citizens, so suspending him is permissable, but New Orleans has bigger issues to deal with... (Unions / Corruption (same thing?))

ptm15 @ 3/28/2012 6:27 AM

So how come Sharpton and Jackson don't show up and speak out when a white person is killed if it is their job?

Jim @ 3/28/2012 8:24 AM

While this Officer has the right to Freedom of Speech, he is also bound by his profession to not make controversial statements. He should have at the very least used a fake name. Like it or not, an Police Officer represents his department on and off duty.

Tom Ret @ 3/28/2012 2:24 PM

It is a wonder that the liberal news media didn't show a baby picture of Trayvon instead of him being 12 and then insist that Zimmerman is a baby killer. The officer should not have identified himself if he wanted to make the comment which may turn out to be more fact than fiction. To me, the president's statement is more troubling than what this officer said. Why is he, Obama, so interested and compelled to speak out only when the alleged victim is black and again before knowing all the facts?

Commander Griffin @ 3/29/2012 5:59 PM

The First Amendment does apply to all of us. After all, what our great News Media says sometimes, is much worst then this.

MLL2012 @ 3/31/2012 8:57 PM

It really dont matter what in the world he was wearing, you have NO RIGHT to kill anyone.. And for the comment, you souldnt say anythng like that simply because EVERYONE wears hoodies. That doesnt make them "THUGS." With the comment everyone is entitled to their own opinion even though I dont agree w/ the comment, you shouldve used a different name because in your workplace thats who you represent...

Jason @ 4/2/2012 6:27 AM

All that is doing is teaching Officers to be quiet and to not express their own comments.

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