A police officer stationed in Springfield, Massachusetts is under investigation over a social media post that allegedly mocked the violence at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.
“Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn’t block roads,” Officer Conrad Lariviere wrote on Facebook, apparently reacting to the news that a suspected white nationalist drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one pedestrian and injuring at least 19 others.
In the post, Lariviere also responded to another commenter who had criticized him for his controversial remarks.
“I’ve been hit by a s—bag with warrants but who cares right you ignorant brat live in a fantasy land with the rest of America while I deal with the real danger,” he wrote, according to MassLive.
“Never would I want someone to get murdered,” Lariviere told MassLive.com in a Sunday interview. “I am not a racist and don’t believe in what any of those protesters are doing. I’m a good man who made a stupid comment and would just like to be left alone.”
Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri announced that his department has launched an investigation into Lariviere’s Facebook posts.
“I received notification of this Facebook post earlier today via email from a complainant. The post is purportedly from Springfield police officer,” Barbieri explained in an email statement. “I took immediate steps to initiate a prompt and thorough internal investigation. If in fact this post did originate from an officer employed with the Springfield Police Department, this matter will be reviewed by the Community Police Hearings Board for further action.”
“Unbelievable!” Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said Sunday in a statement. “There is no place for this in our society, let alone from a Springfield Police Officer.”