Published: Mon, February 15, 2021

LAPD Investigating Whether Officer Passed Around Photo Mocking George Floyd

LAPD Investigating Whether Officer Passed Around Photo Mocking George Floyd

The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an internal investigation after an officer reported that a photo of George Floyd with the words "You take my breath away" in a Valentine-like format was circulated among officers.

Michel Moore, chief of LAPD, said on Saturday that he had not seen the offensive image, and that he would interview the officer who reported it on Monday.

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Per TMZ, the officers who appear to be in possession of the image are from the LAPD's Harbor Division, with the department thinking that the photo and caption may have been created by an LAPD employee. A white police officer pressed Floyd to the ground with his knee for nearly nine minutes, during which time the man begged to be allowed to breath and eventually suffocated to death. There are also allegations that the post with the image was authored by a department employee.

His death launched massive protests nationwide over racial injustice and police brutality.

Three other officers involved in the incident, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, were also fired. We have raised the apparent existence of the image and directed commands to survey the worksites for it. He told the paper that there is zero tolerance "for anything with racist views". They are scheduled to stand trial in March.

Chauvin was sacked from the force and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death.

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