A Springfield, Mass., police officer has been fired after making inflammatory comments on Facebook in August about the fatal car attack at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., according to MassLive.
Conrad Lariviere reportedly wrote “Hahahaha love this. Maybe people shouldn't block roadways” in a comment on an article about the car that was driven into a crowd of counterprotesters at the rally, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring others.
Lariviere apologized, but Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri said last Friday that he decided to fire Lariviere after an investigation and said that Lariviere “discredited the department,” according to MassLive. Thousands signed a petition calling for Lariviere’s firing.
"It was determined that Officer Lariviere impaired the operation of the Springfield Police Department or its employees and discredited the department,” Barbieri said.
Lariviere made other comments on the post after being called out for his initial remarks, saying that another commenter lives “in a fantasy land with the rest of America while I deal with the real danger.”
The local police union representing the Springfield Police Department said in a statement that it is “disappointed” by the decision to terminate Lariviere’s employment, arguing that he made the comments as a private citizen.
“His point was that such disorderly behavior has serious consequences, and both sides of the dispute bore responsible for the disruptions,” the statement read.