Los Angeles Police Department has dispatched an investigation after an official revealed that a ‘Valentine’ picture of George Floyd was being shared between police with the subtitle ‘You take my breath away’.
Floyd, who was black, died on May 25 when a white Minneapolis cop, Derek Chauvin, bowed on his neck for nine minutes while capturing him. Film demonstrated Floyd told cops ‘I can’t breathe’ in excess of multiple times before he died.
Michel Moore, head of LAPD, said on Saturday that he had not seen the hostile picture, and that he would meet the official who announced it on Monday.
The chief said: ‘Our investigation is to determine the accuracy of the allegations while also reinforcing our zero-tolerance for anything with racist views,’
Moore said that, if the police department affirms officials were circling the picture, ‘people will find my wrath.’
Moore additionally affirmed the office is exploring two Instagram accounts that individuals have announced as potentially being connected to office faculty — including one called the ‘Blue Line Mafia.’
LAPD said in a statement: ‘The Department has become aware of allegations that an image was being passed around the department and this image was in the workplace. There are also allegations that the post with the image was authored by a department employee.
‘A personnel complaint has been initiated and we are pursuing each allegation including interviewing the department member who brought it to our attention.
‘At this point the Department has not identified any actual postings in the workplace or identified that it was in fact our department employee who created the image. We have raised the apparent existence of the image and directed commands to survey the worksites for it.
‘If found any employee or supervisor is directed to take possession and identify those present. The Department will have zero tolerance for this type of behavior.
Chauvin and the three different officials who partook in Floyd’s capture – Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao – were terminated the day after his demise.
They are all facing trial for Floyd’s killing, with the trial expected to begin in March.