Springfield police officer under investigation following alleged comments on social media

Springfield officer accused of 'mocking' Charlottesville victim

"Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn't block road ways" ... that is what Springfield police say one of their officers wrote in the comment section on a news article about the death of a young woman in this weekend's Charlottesville protests.

"Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn't block roads", Conrad Lariviere wrote in the comments section of an article about the deadly vehicle attack over the weekend, which is believed to have been executed by 20-year-old James Alex Fields.

During a Sunday interview with MassLive, a penitent Lariviere backtracked on his comments.

"Never would I want someone to get murdered".

Lariviere told one commenter who criticized his Facebook comment,"I've been hit by a s-- with warrants but who cares right you ignorant brat live in a fantasy land with the rest of America while I deal with the real danger". The screenshot of the comment made by Conrad lives on, as seen below, from people who are retweeting the hateful comment from the Springfield police officer on Twitter.

Since his comments came to light, Lariviere has expressed remorse for his insensitivity in making what he called "a stupid comment".

Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri told MassLive he had been informed about the post.

Lariviere also wrote, "How do you know he was a nazi scumbag?"

Conrad Lariviere commented on a news story about Nazi sympathizer James Fields driving his auto Dodge Challenger into a group of antifascist counter-protesters killing 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyes.

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The driver, James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of OH, has been arrested. "The post is purportedly from Springfield police officer", Barbieri explained in an email statement. Heather D. Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville was killed and many others were wounded in the attack. I took immediate steps to initiate a prompt and thorough internal investigation. "Unbelievable! There is no place for this in our society, let alone from a Springfield Police Officer", Sarno said. If and when the Springfield Police Department reviews Lariviere's comments and determines that he, in fact, made them, the investigation will be turned over to the Springfield Community Police Hearings Board "for further action".



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