A Massachusetts police officer now faces an investigation after allegedly making fun of the incident in which a white supremacist drove a car into a crowd of people over the weekend.
Springfield Officer Conrad Lariviere issued an apology after facing outrage over his “hahahaha love this” comment on a Facebook post of video of the car plowing through counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally, reports the New York Daily News.
“Never would I want someone to get murdered. I am not a racist and I don’t believe in what any of the protesters are doing,” he said in his apology. “I’m a good man who made a stupid comment and would just like to be left alone.”
Lariviere’s alleged comment was in response to a story about Heather Heyer, a thirty-two-year-old woman allegedly mowed down by white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. The police officer doubled down on his Facebook comments after users criticized him for being insensitive towards the victims. He replied that he had faced real danger as a police officer.
Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri announced an investigation would be conducted into Lariviere’s Facebook comments.
“I received notification of this Facebook post earlier today via email from a complainant. The post is purportedly from Springfield police officer [sic]. I took immediate steps to initiate a prompt and thorough internal investigation,” Barbieri told MassLive in an email.
The mayor also slammed Lariviere’s comments, saying they were uncalled for in light of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
“I just got done issuing a statement this morning on how upsetting the tragic incidents were in Charlottesville, Virginia 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,” Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno read.
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