LAPD Investigates 'Valentine' Mocking George Floyd
Feb 15 2021
The Los Angeles Police Department is conducting an internal affairs investigation into a report that an offensive edited photo of George Floyd is being passed around one of their departments on Valentine's Day.
If the probe confirms LAPD officers were circulating the image, "people will find my wrath", Moore said.
Law Officer is the only major law enforcement publication and website owned and operated by law enforcement. 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.
Police Chief Michel Moore said investigators will try to determine how the image may have come into the workplace and who may have been involved, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Department believes the original post may have been the work of an LAPD employee.
Floyd's death sparked several months of nationwide protests against police brutality, and four officers involved in the arrest are now facing charges.
"If found any employee or supervisor is directed to take possession and identify those present", the LAPD said in its Twitter thread.
Chauvin and the three other officers who took part in Floyd's arrest - Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao - were fired the day after his death. "The Department will have zero tolerance for this type of behavior", LAPD said in a statement.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.
They are all facing trial for Floyd's killing, with the trial expected to begin in March.