NEWORLEANS - Hours after a New Orleans police officer was suspended for making online comments about the death of a Florida teenager, the local NAACP stepped in to protest the officer's actions.
The New Orleans branch called for the immediate termination of Officer Jason Giroir after he posted controversial comments online about the shooting death of an unarmed Florida teen, Trayvon Martin.
Giroir was suspended without pay, but the NAACP wants him removed from the force.
Giroir admitted to posting comments on WWLTV.com over the weekend about Martin's killing.
Underneath a story about a local rally for justice in the case, Giroir posted , 'Act like a thug, die like one.'
He later went on to make further controversial comments about the situation.
On Monday, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas spoke out against Giroir's actions and said he was furious and embarrassed to learn about the postings.
'Giroir, by those statements, has embarrassed this department with insensitive, harmful and offensive comments. The New Orleans Police Department specifically condemns these comments, and comments like this won't be tolerated in the New Orleans Police Department,' Serpas said.
Giroir is already under investigation in an officer-involved shooting incident in which he wasn't the shooter.
The NAACP sounded off on the situation on Tuesday and said they want to see an immediate hearing on the matter, and Giroir's subsequent removal from the force.
'If he can say, 'Live like a thug, die like a thug,' based upon someone's apparel, that means all of us here are in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. So, we can't have that kind of divisiveness on the force now. We cant' have that, for all of our safety, black, white, brown, no matter,' said Danatus King, president of the NAACP's New Orleans branch.
Two police fatal shootings already have the community on edge, and Giroir's comments add to the 'incendiary atmosphere,' King said.
The NAACP is planning a community rally on the police shootings and these latest comments in early April, followed by a protest march later in the month.
On Monday night, Giroir's attorney called his client's comments 'boneheaded' and said that Giroir should probably be punished for them.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a statement onMonday that said his administration won't tolerate 'reckless and offensive behavior.'
An NOPD spokesperson said they will be giving an update on where Giroir's situation stands later Tuesday.