A Kentucky police officer who made a Facebook post mocking the death of a woman killed in the Charlottesville chaos after a car rammed into a group of protesters of the white supremacist rally in Virginia is now facing disciplinary measures.
Officer Morris Rinehardt was placed Monday on paid administrative leave while an internal investigation is underway. Shively police Lt.Col. Josh Myers confirmed the measure against Rinehardt.
Local media reported that Rinehardt posted on his personal Facebook page a picture of a car with a controversial caption that reads:”When you were born a Challenger but identify as a Ram.” Rinehardt also added “LMFAO”- laughing my f___ing ass off- in the comments of another social media user’s post of a fake advertisement that the said vehicle was for sale that said “Minor front end damage. Nothing serious.”
The man charged in relation to the vehicle-ramming incident in the Charlottesville rally happens to be driving a Dodge Challenger.
Videos from the rally showed a 2010 Dodge Challenger barreling into pedestrians at high speed. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and more than a dozen other people suffered injuries from the incident.
Myers shared that Rinehardt faces the potential punishment from six days suspension to termination. Myers also said: “Obviously the Shively Police Department does not condone any activity both on or off duty that shows any kind of indifference to human life.”
Rinehardt closed down his Facebook page after his post caught local media’s attention. He has been serving with the police department for two years and bears no disciplinary infractions on his personnel file before the said Facebook post. Neither did Rinehardt had any commendations.
Myers insisted that he and his nearly three-dozen sworn officers are taking the matter seriously. He also said that both the mayor and police chief were unhappy about the said Facebook post, but hope that it was an isolated incident and does not reflect the sentiments of the other police officers.