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Police officer on Charlottesville crash: 'Hahahaha love this'

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Posted: 9:56 AM, Aug 14, 2017
Updated: 2017-08-14 09:56:40-04
Police officer on Charlottesville crash: 'Hahahaha love this'

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A Massachusetts police department is investigating a Facebook comment by an officer who wrote "Hahahaha love this" in response to a story about a car crashing into counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one person and injuring at least 19 others.

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

Officer Conrad Lariviere wrote in response to the violence: "Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn't block road ways."

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In a Facebook interview with Masslive.com, Lariviere says he's a "good man who made a stupid comment."

Democratic Mayor Domenic Sarno says: "There is no place for this in our society, let alone from a Springfield Police Officer."

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, is  charged with second-degree murder  in the attack. He grew up in Northern Kentucky. 

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