NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Two Louisiana police officers have been fired over a Facebook post allegedly suggesting U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot.

Gretna Police Officer Charlie Rispoli, a 14-year veteran, called the former bartender a “vile idiot” who “needs a round… and I don’t mean the kind that she used to serve.” Fellow Officer Angelo Varisco reportedly liked the post.

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The department said the officers violated its social media policy.

Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson called the incident “an embarrassment to our department.”

“These officers certainly acted in a manner which was unprofessional alluding to a violent act to be conducted against a sitting U.S. congressman,” he said during a press conference.

The post was reportedly taken down by Friday afternoon.

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Rispoli had shared a fake news story with a headline that falsely quoted Ocasio-Cortez as saying U.S. military service members are “getting paid too much.” disproved the story as completely fabricated, but Rispoli went ahead and shared it on his Facebook page with a threatening comment.

The Facebook post linked to a satire blog which had also posted fake news stories saying Ocasio-Cortez proposed banning motorcycles nationwide, blamed police for killing more people than gangs in Chicago, and offered to donate her brain to science.

The site posts made-up quotes and false news reports which are being mistaken for actual news reports and shared across social media.

A recent study by New York University suggests hate speech online may correlate with hate crimes on the streets.

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“We found that more targeted, discriminatory tweets posted in a city related to a higher number of hate crimes,” NYU College of Global Public Health professor Rumi Chunara said.