‘Maybe people shouldn’t block roadways’: Massachusetts cop is fired for Facebook post mocking Charlottesville protesters hit by a car during white nationalist rally
A Massachusetts police officer has been fired after writing an insensitive Facebook post that mocked protesters in Charlottesville who were run down by a car.
Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri announced Friday that he had fired Officer Conrad Lariviere for conduct that ‘discredited the department’, reported MassLive.com.
On August 12, Lariviere fell under national scrutiny when he posted inflammatory comments on his personal Facebook page.
In response to an article about a car driven by a suspected neo-Nazi through a crowd of demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, Lariviere wrote: ‘Hahahaha love this. Maybe people shouldn’t block roadways’. See the rest of his responses below:
The comment was poorly received, in particular because 19 people were injured and one person, 20-year-old Heather Heyer, was killed. The driver, James Alex Field, has been charged with second-degree murder.