When a neo-Nazi sympathizer killed a woman by ramming his car into a protest crowd in Charlottesville in August, a Massachusetts police officer mocked the incident on Facebook. “Hahahaha love this,” he wrote.
That post has now gotten him fired.
“It will take us months, if not years, to earn back the level of public trust we once had,” Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri said during a press conference announcing the officer’s termination on Friday. “It’s never easy to terminate a fellow officer, and I take no comfort in doing so.”
The officer, Conrad Lariviere, became the object of national outrage after he commented on a breaking news Facebook post from conservative commentator Ben Shapiro about the attack in the Virginia college town on Aug. 13, which killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured 19 others.
“Hahahaha love this,” Lariviere wrote. “Maybe people shouldn’t block roads.” When another commenter challenged him, Lariviere wrote that he was a police officer who’d been hit by a “shitbag with warrants” in the past.