A Massachusetts police officer mocked the death of Heather Heyer at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August on Facebook, and it got him fired.
“Hahahaha love this,” wrote Conrad Lariviere of the Springfield Police Department, commenting on an article from The Daily Wire about Heyer's death, which resulted with a man drove his vehicle into a crowd. “Maybe people shouldn’t block the roads.”
Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri announced Lariviere’s termination Friday.
“It will take us months, if not years, to earn back the level of public trust we once had,” Barbieri said. “It’s never easy to terminate a fellow officer, and I take no comfort in doing so.”
Lariviere’s comments sparked outrage, so Springfield PD launched an internal investigation the same day, and the Police Community Relations Board determined that Lariviere had violated department rules governing off-duty conduct.
Springfield PD didn’t, and still does not have a social media policy, although it is now working on one in conjunction with its union.
Lariviere has reportedly hinted that he will appeal the termination through an arbitration hearing, according to Masslive.com. That process could take up to a year.
“I’m a good man who made a stupid comment and would just like to be left alone,” he said on Aug. 14.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno condemned Lariviere’s comment soon after it was public.
"I just got done issuing a statement this morning on how upsetting the tragic incidents were in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one of our own officers does this? Unbelievable! There is no place for this in our society, let alone from a Springfield police officer," Sarno said. "I stand by and commend Commissioner John Barbieri's steps for a thorough internal investigation and review by our Community Police Hearing Board to pursue the appropriate discipline against said officer."
Still, Lariviere appears to have the support of the local police union, as well as at least one Springfield City Councilor, according to Vice News.
(H/T Vice News)