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NOPD Cop Suspended For Comment on Trayvon Martin Story

Being too loose with the online comments apparently isn't restricted to the U.S Attorney's office and those who take the name of a famous writer. One of the NOPD officers who was involved in the shootout that ended with two cops wounded and Justin Sipp dead is under internal investigation for posting incindiary comments about the Trayvon Martin case on the WWL-TV's website. NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas held a press conference at NOPD Headquarters today to announce that Giroir is suspended indefinitely from the force, and that the Public Integrity Bureau will conduct an investigation into Giroir’s comments.


“Act like a Thug Die like one!” Giroir’s comment says in response a story about yesterday’s “Hoodie Dat Day,” where New Orleanians gathered near Audubon Zoo wearing hoodies to protest racial profiling and the killing of 17-years-old Trayvon Martin. On February 26, Martin was unarmed and walking home through a gated community in Sanford, Florida, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, when neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman shot and killed him. The killing launched a national conversation about race that intensified within the past week as public groups from the Miami Heat to the Hoodie Dat organization have taken to the streets.



“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," Serpas said today. "Because of this, I have suspended Giroir without pay, effective immediately."



“To say that I’m angry is an understatement.  I’m furious”, Serpas said.   


Serpas said the comments do not represent the views of NOPD.


"He has embarrassed this Department by these insensitive, harmful and offensive comments," Serpas said. 


Giroir was the officer who initiated the Mid-City traffic stop of Justin and Earl Sipp. According to police's version of events, Giroir was one of two officers who opened fire after Justin Sipp fired at them. Earlier this month, Serpas held a press conference after the killing of Justin Sipp, where Serpas defended Officer Giroir’s traffic stop as “pro-active.” On March 1 at 5:30am in Mid-City, brothers Justin and Earl Sipp were driving to work at Burger King when Officer Giroir pulled over the brothers for a broken light bulb over their license plate. Community members protesting the killing believe Giroir pulled over the brothers for “driving while black.”


The traffic stop turned into a deadly gun battle after Justin Sipp opened fire on Officers Giroir, Anthony Mayfield Jr. and Michael Asevedo. Officers Mayfield Jr. and Asevedo were at the scene in response to Giroir’s call for backup, and were both badly wounded by Justin Sipp’s gunfire. Officer Giroir and a wounded Mayfield Jr. returned fire, killing Justin Sipp. Earl Sipp suffered a graze wound to the leg during the melee.


After Jason Giroir’s online “thug” comment, another commenter Eddie Johnson said, “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 YEAH He’s Black so he’s automatically a Thug huh? Low down racist always show their true colors.”


Giroir responded hours later, “Eddie come on down to our town with a “Hoodie” and you can join Martin in HELL and talk about your racist stories!:-P”


Giroir’s wife, Michelle Reyes Giroir, also commented, “He acted like a thug and died like one!”


Jason Giroir’s Facebook profile, which he used to make the comment on, says he has been employed by NOPD since 1999, and does it “because I like it and have the chance to make a lot of money.” Higher brass took that away from Giroir today, as he has been suspended without pay.


Giroir’s Facebook shows his only favorite book is “Killer With A Badge,” written by Chuck Hustmyre about Antoinette Frank, the former NOPD officer who was convicted of one of the most notorious crimes in recent New Orleans history.



His Facebook says Giroid graduated from Chalmette High School in 1995, and currently lives in Covington with his wife and two children.  


As OP-NAT EYE pointed out after the Justin Sipp killing, on Officer Jason Giroid’s defunct MySpace page, Giroid admits that he does not always do “everything by the book” and lists his occupation as “Punisher.”

sounds like the Justin Sipp

sounds like the Justin Sipp case needs to be reopened, sounds like Giroir is the thug
wonder how he will parish
wonder who shot 1st

Well Jason Giroircan always

Well Jason Giroircan always get a job with the Sanford Police Department.

March against

March against injustice!
Saturday, March 31st.
New Orleans City Hall.
Be there for Trayvon Martin, For Wendell Allen, For Justin and Earl Sipp (who was shot while IN HANDCUFFS, remember). More:

March against injustice! For

March against injustice!
For Wendell Allen and the sipp brothers!
March 31
New Orleans city hall



Couldn't have happened to a

Couldn't have happened to a bigger jerk

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