While there are plenty of white supremacists and neo-Nazis still cheering the tragedy which took place in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend, killing one young woman and injuring 19 others, there was one person who we certainly wouldn’t have expected to cheered on this attack.
Conrad Lariviere, a police officer in Springfield, Massachusetts has enraged thousands of people after making an almost unbelievable reply to an article posted by conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro on Facebook about this weekend’s horrid attack.
“Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn’t block road ways.” Lariviere commented.
After one idividual replied to his comment asking if he had ever been struck by a car himself and another called the driver a ‘Nazi scumbag’ Lariviere gave his opinion yet again:
“How do you know he was a nazi scumbag? Stop being part of the problem. Actually I’ve been hit by a shitbag with warrants but who cares right… you ignorant brat live[s] in fantasy land with the rest of America while I deal with the real danger.”
As soon as it became apparent that Lariviere was in fact an officer in Springfield, Massachusetts, outrage ensued. Dozens of people contacted the Springfield Police Department, and within hours Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri responded.
“I took immediate steps to initiate a prompt and thorough internal investigation,” Barbieri said via email to the Associated Press. “If in fact this post did originate from an officer employed with the Springfield Police Department, this matter will be reviewed by the Community Police Hearings Board for further action.”
Lariviere has since responded to Masslive.com, the site which originally noticed the Facebook comment thread, saying that he’s a “good man who made a stupid comment.” He also added: “Never would I want someone to get murdered. I am not a racist and don’t believe in what any of those protesters are doing.”
Does Lariviere deserve another chance? Would you feel comfortable with this man patrolling the streets in your neighborhood? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below.