Cop After Deadly Car Crash in Va.: 'Hahahaha love this'

Massachusetts officer under investigation for what he calls 'stupid comment'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2017 11:13 AM CDT
Officer in Hot Water Over Joke About Charlottesville
A vehicle reverses after driving into a group of protesters in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.   (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)

A police officer far removed from the weekend violence in Virginia faces disciplinary action because of it. That's because Conrad Lariviere, a cop from Springfield, Mass., made what even he admits is a "stupid comment" online about Saturday's fatal car crash, reports MassLive. "Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn't block roads," Lariviere wrote on Facebook in response to a story about the car plowing into counter-protesters. Someone who saw the comment complained to the city police department.

"Never would I want someone to get murdered," Lariviere told MassLive. He said he wasn't a racist and didn't support the white supremacist rally, adding, "I'm a good man who made a stupid comment and would just like to be left alone." Springfield's police chief says he has launched an investigation, and the matter will be brought before a police review board. Mayor Domenic Sarno doesn't sound sympathetic. "There is no place for this in our society, let alone from a Springfield police officer," he said, per CBS Boston. (Read more police officer stories.)

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