NOPD Officer Resigns Following Offensive Comments
Posted on Mar 28, 2012 in Local Issues, National Issues, NOPD
A New Orleans police officer, Jason Giroir, resigned Tuesday after being suspended for a comment he posted on a local TV station website about the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Jason Giroir used his full name and identified himself as a New Orleans Police Department employee when he wrote, “Act like a thug die like one!” in response to a WWL-TV article. Giroir also lashed out at another commenter who criticized his post, telling him to “come on down to our town with a ‘Hoodie’ and you can join Martin in HELL and talk about your racist stories!”
Martin was shot Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman while visting a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman, 28, who says he shot Martin in self-defense, has not been arrested. Because Martin was black and Zimmerman has a white father and Hispanic mother, the case has become a rallying point for civil rights leaders and spawned protests around the country.
Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas suspended Giroir indefinitely without pay on Monday after learning of the posts. On Tuesday, Giroir resigned after learning a pre-termination hearing would be held.
“From the moment I was informed yesterday afternoon that Jason Giroir admitted … 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,” Serpas said. “My responsibility to the people of New Orleans, as well as to the professional officers on this police force, demanded I take swift action.”
He said he accepted Giroir’s resignation, saying it was in the “best interest” of the department and the city.