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New Orleans Cop Quits Over Trayvon Martin Comment

March 28, 2012  | 

New Orleans Police Officer Jason Giroir resigned Tuesday, after he was suspended by the department for calling shooting victim Trayvon Martin a "thug" in an online comment.

Giroir had posted on a WWL-TV article about protests in the Martin case, "Act like a Thug Die like one!"

Giroir resigned shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday after learning that investigators with the department's Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) had sustained misconduct charges against him and that a disciplinary ("pre-termination") hearing was being scheduled.

"From the moment I was informed yesterday afternoon that Jason Giroir admitted to PIB investigators that he did write the offensive comments on the news station's website, I immediately questioned his abilities to continue as a New Orleans police officer," Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in a statement obtained by POLICE Magazine. "My responsibility to the people of New Orleans as well as to the professional officers on this police force demanded I take swift action in this matter."

Superintendent Serpas suspended Giroir indefinitely without pay Monday after hearing that Giroir admitted he posted the remarks. Internal investigators determined that Giroir violated the following NOPD regulations:

Rule 3, Paragraph 1: Professional Conduct, Professionalism

Rule 3, Paragraph 13: Professional Conduct, Social Networking Websites, Facebook, Myspace, Print or Transmitted Media, Etc.

Rule 4, Paragraph 2: Performance of Duty, Instructions from an Authoritative Source to wit Chapter 22.12 (2c)

Giroir, 35, had served with the department since 1999.

By Paul Clinton


New Orleans Cop Suspended for Trayvon Martin Comment

Comments (12)

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Capt David LACO Retired @ 3/29/2012 7:18 PM

Seems freedom of speech has become different for a LEO as compared to Joe Citizen.

TripWire @ 3/29/2012 8:18 PM

Don't say anything negative against St.Trayvon or you too might find yourself suspended.

Morning Eagle @ 3/30/2012 3:37 AM

In the disgusting politically correct world of far too many police administrations it has become ver botten to speak one's thoughts publicly even when one is speaking the truth. Superintendent Serpas can certainly be proud of his decisive action to protect the citizens of N.O. from any of his officers who may be tempted to 'tell it like it is.'

Frank @ 3/30/2012 4:23 AM

If your white anything you say against another race is asking for trouble in the year 2012 even if its the truth. The Government and Cultural Diversity training from Fortune 500 companies has made this subject a ticking time bomb. The race that surely got screwed over the pass 30 years is the poor American Indian. Their is truly an ethnic order in this country these days. Watch what you say!

Juan 10-13 @ 3/30/2012 5:03 AM

Very true Brother Frank! I guess most who achieve admin levels surrender their COP sense for NO-SENSE! Sheriff Arpaio in AZ seems to be the only COP BOSS I've read about aside from some of our own personal Sgts and Lts who stood by our sides at all costs! Serpa is not a COP!

Dan @ 3/30/2012 6:36 AM

to Morning Eagle: you are so right. After all, we cannot have police officers being allowed to exercise their 1st Amendment rights, can we?

andre @ 3/30/2012 6:51 AM

I’ve been a LEO for fifteen plus years and for the greater part of those fifteen year I’ve been in vice. I wear a hoodie on a regular basis and I’m always in an area where some might say I stand out. So fellow LEO professionals get out of the mindset that everyone you come across is a thug. It’s probably not the guy in the hoodie that’s gonna test your grit. Stay vigilant

Tom Ret @ 3/30/2012 8:26 AM

Would this be an issue if the officer had commented negatively about
Zimmerman rather than Martin?

Zam @ 3/31/2012 2:27 PM

Andre, you obviously are out of touch. Most of your time in Vice, maybe you should return to patrol and get some experience. I have been an officer, detective and supervisor for a large muni department for 32 years. Those wearing a hoodie on a warn day in my city so so to cover their identity. It is the guy in the hoodie, you made a giant leap from hoodie to everyone being a thug. Why do you wear a hoodie in vice? to make yourself blend in and look like a thug, not a cop.

Mike @ 3/31/2012 2:54 PM

My lawyer has advised me to make no comment regard this issue.

Bluecat @ 4/2/2012 7:18 AM

@Zam...if you have have a son and he wears a hoodie then it's safe to say he's a thug too and I should be in fear?! I think you are out of touch. Just about everyone in American society wears a hoodie in some fashion. Maybe it's raining, or cold or bad hair day. I wear hoodies when I'm cold or raining does that make me a thug too?!!? I think you need to reevaluate your statement.

Sean @ 4/13/2012 4:51 AM

Why did this story leave off his additional comments to another poster suggesting that he should come to New Orleans wearing a hoodie so he could join Martin in hell and discuss race? I never knew wearing a hoodie in the rain would get a person labeled a thug.

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