Springfield officer accused of ‘mocking’ Charlottesville victim

A vigil in front of the White House for the Charlottesville victim Sunday.
A vigil in front of the White House for the Charlottesville victim Sunday.

SPRINGFIELD — Police are investigating Facebook comments purportedly made by an officer ‘‘mocking’’ the violence in Charlottesville, Va., that killed one person and injured at least 19 others.

In an interview with MassLive, the officer said he was sorry for his posts.

Police Commissioner John Barbieri said he received a complaint about the comment Sunday and opened an internal investigation.


Mayor Domenic Sarno released a statement saying: ‘‘There is no place for this in our society, let alone from a Springfield Police Officer.’’

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“Hahahaha love this,” Lariviere purportedly posted on Facebook, “maybe people shouldn’t block road ways.”

Lariviere said he “made a stupid comment” and “would just like to be left alone.”

“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,” he said.


Officials said the matter will be taken before a police review board if the investigation finds the officer did make the comment.

James Alex Fields Jr. is accused of driving through a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville on Saturday, killing a 32-year-old woman.

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