Cop Accused of Mocking Charlottesville Victims in Facebook Post: Reports
Conrad Lariviere with the Springfield Police Department in Massachusetts is accused of writing "Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn't block roads."
A Massachusetts police officer is under investigation by his own department after reports emerged that he wrote a Facebook post mocking the victims of Saturday's attack on protesters in Virginia.
Conrad Lariviere has been named in multiple reports as the officer with the Springfield Police Department who's been accused of making the remarks after cops say a counter-protester at the weekend's Unite the Right march in Charlottesville was struck and killed by a driver behind the wheel of a Dodge Challenger.
"Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn’t block roads," Lariviere wrote in the now-deleted post, according to MassLive.com.
In response to detractors in the thread, Lariviere reportedly responded that he's also been hit by a car.
"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."
Lariviere's conduct is now under internal investigation by the police department, according to a post from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
"I just got done issuing a statement this morning on how upsetting the tragic incidents were in Charlottesville, VA, and one of our own officers does this? Unbelievable! There is no place for this in our society, let alone from a Springfield Police Officer," Sarno said Sunday night.
In their own statement on the contoversy, Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri told reporters: "I received notification of this Facebook post earlier today via email from a complainant. The post is purportedly from a Springfield police officer. 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."
Speaking to MassLive through his Facebook, which has been set to private, Lariviere called his post "a stupid comment about people blocking streets."
"Never would I want someone to get murdered. I am not a racist and don’t believe in what any of those protesters are doing," he wrote. "I’m a good man who made a stupid comment and would just like to be left alone."
The controversy around Lariviere erupted after Saturday's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville turned violent when police say James Alex Fields Jr. plowed through protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Nineteen others were injured, some seriously.
Fields, 20, made his first court appearance on Monday.
He is charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death. No bond was set, and Fields remains in custody.
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