A Massachusetts police officer may soon find himself out of a job after making objectionable comments on Facebook regarding the Charlottesville car attack that left one woman dead and nearly two dozen others injured.
Conrad Lariviere of Springfield appeared to mock the counter-protesters who were involved in the fatal crash because the attack took place as they walked in the street, Mass Live reported.
“Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn’t block road ways,” he wrote. When criticized for his insensitive comment by other Facebook users, Lariviere doubled down: “I’ve been hit by ashitbag [sic] with warrants but who cares right you ignorant brat live in fantasy land with the rest of America while I deal With the real danger.”
When contacted by the outlet, Lariviere changed his tune, apologizing for making “a stupid comment about people blocking streets.”
“Never would I want someone to get murdered,” he told Mass Live. “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.”
However, Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri confirmed that, far from being left alone, Lariviere would be subjected to an internal investigation regarding the comments.
“I received notification of this Facebook post earlier today via email from a complainant. The post is purportedly from Springfield police officer. I took immediate steps to initiate a prompt and thorough internal investigation,” Barbieri wrote in an email. “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.”
32-year-old Heather Heyer, a paralegal from Charlottesville, was killed when a Dodge Charger driven by alleged neo-Nazi James Alex Fields Jr. plowed into a crowd. Nineteen others were injured, nearly half of whom were reported in critical in serious condition following the attack.