Meme mocking Charlottesville car attack sparks investigation into Shively officer

Meme mocking Charlottesville car attack sparks investigation into Shively officer
Morris Rinehardt (Source: Shively Police Department)
Morris Rinehardt (Source: Shively Police Department)
Heather Heyer (Source: NBC/Family photo)
Heather Heyer (Source: NBC/Family photo)
Shively Police Department Lt. Col. Josh Myers (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Shively Police Department Lt. Col. Josh Myers (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Shively police officer is under investigation after a meme mocking the aftermath of a vehicle that was driven into a crowd in Charlottesville, killing a woman and injuring several others, was posted on social media.

Shively Police Department Lt. Col. Josh Myers said the meme was allegedly posted on officer Morris Rinehardt's Facebook page.

The post featured the vehicle James Field Jr., 20, allegedly drove into a crowd protesting against white nationalists in Charlottesville and read "When you were born to be a Challenger but identify as a Ram."

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed in the attack and 19 others were injured.

Myers said Rinehardt works as a patrolman and has been with the department for two years.

Myer said "The City of Shively and its police department does not condone any inappropriate behavior by its personnel - anything that was deemed insensitive, racially or otherwise, and certainly anything that shows an indifference to human life. That is not what our department and our city is about."

Rinehardt was placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the internal administrative investigation. The findings of that investigation will be turned over to the police chief.

Rinehardt has not made a statement about the incident. He has 48 hour period where he cannot be questioned, according to the Police Officers Bill of Rights.

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