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“Act Like a Thug, Die Like a Thug”: New Orleans Cop Jason Giroir Resigns over Trayvon Martin Comment

A New Orleans police officer has resigned following a highly controversial online comment in which he compared Florida shooting victim Trayvon Martin to a “thug.”

WWLTV and the Huffington Post report that Jason Giroir, a 13-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department, posted a comment on a television station’s website in response to a story about a ‘Hoody Dat Day’ rally in support of shooting victim Trayvon Martin. Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on February 26 in a gated Sanford, Florida community. His death has sparked widespread outrage and allegations that justice is being stonewalled.

Officer Giroir, in response to the ‘Hoody Dat Day’ event, offered his thoughts on the tragic shooting. “Act like a Thug die like one!” he wrote on WWLTV’s website.

On Monday, superior officers suspended the patrol officer without pay after discovering his offensive comment. After learning that misconduct allegations against him would not be dropped, Giroir tendered his resignation today.

WWLTV reports that Giroir is already under investigation for his role in the 2006 shooting death of a man he pulled over in a traffic stop. That incident also left two officers injured. And Officer Giroir was also the subject of a brutality complaint filed by the wife of a fellow NOPD officer, who claimed he followed her vehicle to her home and physically abused her.

Sure sounds a lot like the actions of a  “thug,”  doesn’t it?

That’s not all. Giroir’s “act like a thug” comment drew some livid reactions on WWLTV’s site, among them this rebuke from one Eddie Johnson: “How the hell you know how he acted? That boy went to school, talked to his girl friend 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.”

To which Giroir replied:  “Eddie come on down to our town with a ‘Hoodie’ and you can join Martin in HELL and talk about your racist stories!:-P”

The city of New Orleans is clearly better off without Jason Giroir patrolling its streets with a gun in his holster and hatred in his heart. Good riddance!

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