LAPD investigating alleged Valentine's Day photo mocking George Floyd shared by cops

Carla Harmon
February 15, 2021

The Los Angeles Police Department announced it is now looking into reports that its officers allegedly circulated a Valentine's Day image that mocked George Floyd's death.

Floyd died over the summer after being restrained by Minneapolis police.

The horrific shot, depicting the moment African American George Floyd was suffocated by the white police officer who put his knee on Floyd's neck, was used as a Valentine's Day card with the script "You take my breath away". His death was ruled a homicide - in a video taken by bystanders, Floyd, is shown repeatedly pleading that he can not breathe as Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin holds him down with a knee on his neck.

Moore said the officer who made the complaint is set to be interviewed Monday, and the department's goal is to determine exactly where and how the image may have come into the workplace, online or otherwise, and who may have been involved.

The LAPD said it hasn't identified the actual postings or if it was created by one of their employees as of Sunday, but it has asked directors to search their worksites for more information.

"If found any employee or supervisor is directed to take possession and identify those present". He told the paper that there is zero tolerance "for anything with racist views". Floyd's death was captured by multiple cell phone cameras and the footage of Floyd calling for help and then going quiet as he died sparked outrage and protests around the country last summer, including in Los Angeles. They are scheduled to stand trial in March.

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

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