SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police department is
investigating a Facebook comment by an officer who wrote
“Hahahaha love this” in response to a story about a car
crashing into counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally
Virginia, killing one person and injuring at least 19 others.
Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri said he received a
complaint about the comment Sunday and opened an internal
Officer Conrad Lariviere wrote in response to the violence:
“Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn’t block road ways.”
In a Facebook interview with Masslive.com,
Lariviere said he’s a “good man who made a stupid comment.”
“Never would I want someone to get murdered,” he told MassLive.
“I am not a racist and don’t believe in what any of those
protesters are doing.”
Democratic Mayor Domenic Sarno released a statement
on Lariviere’s comments Sunday night.
“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,” Sarno said. “I stand by and commend Commissioner
John Barbieri’s steps for a thorough internal investigation and
review by our Community Police Hearing Board to pursue the
appropriate discipline against said officer.”
An Ohio man is charged with second-degree murder and other
counts over the crash.