A New Orleans police officer has resigned after being suspended Monday without pay for posting comments online in which he suggested Trayvon Martin died like a "thug" and was in "hell."
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 about a rally supporting Martin, the Associated Press reported.
Jason Giroir’s “thug” comment sparked a strong reaction from another commenter, Eddie Johnson, according to WWL-TV.
“How the hell you know how he acted?" Johnson tells Giroir. "That boy went to school, talked to his girlfriend and it was raining so he had his hood over his head... OH YEA He's Black so he's automatically a Thug huh? Low down racist always show their true colors.”
Several hours later, Giroir responded to Johnson: “Eddie come on down to our town with a ‘Hoodie’ and you can join Martin in HELL and talk about your racist stories!:-P”
Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas was unimpressed.
"The Internet comments written by Officer Giroir, which include the fact that he is member of the NOPD, have given me grave concern regarding his fitness for duty. Because of this, I have suspended Giroir without pay, effective immediately," said Serpas in a statement.CNN reported.
On Tuesday, Giroir resigned after being told allegations against him had been sustained and a hearing to begin his termination was in motion.
Giroir’s Facebook profile says that he is from Chalmette, went to Chalmette High School and lives in Covington.
According to the WWLTV.com web site, NOPD has a policy on Internet posts, adopted several years ago, which states:
“Employees shall not post any material on the Internet -- including but not limited to photos, videos, word documents etc. -- that violates any local, state or federal law and/or embarrasses , humiliates, discredits, or harms the operation and reputation of the police department or any of its members.”
"To say that I'm angry is an understatement. I'm furious," Serpas added. Giroir embarrassed the department by his "insensitive, harmful and offensive comments."
Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black teen, was killed late last month by George Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch captain who said he acted in self-defense, from the teen who was armed with a bag of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea, according to authorities.
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Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged with any crime.