‘You take my breath’
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) launched an internal investigation after an office reported that an inappropriate stylized image of George Floyd’s Valentine’s Day with the inscription “You take my breath away” was shared in the Department.
Head of LAPD Michel Moore Recount The Los Angeles Times Saturday that the department opened an investigation and is questioning the officer who reported the alleged image on Monday.
“Our investigation is to determine the accuracy of the allegations while strengthening our zero tolerance for anything that has racist views,” Moore said, adding that those identified as being involved “will find my anger.”
In a declaration Posted on Twitter, the LAPD said it had yet to identify “any actual workplace postings or identify that it was actually the employee in our department who created the image,” although the allegation is that it was an employee of the department behind the photo.
“The department will have zero tolerance for this type of behavior,” the LAPD continued in its statement.
Floyd, a black man, died in custody in Minneapolis last May. Images of a Minneapolis Police Department officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he screamed he couldn’t breathe went viral and sparked months of racial justice protests, which were also reinvigorated by a series of other deaths of black men and women in police custody. Derek Chauvin, the officer who was seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck in the video, faces charges of second degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
“Judge Dismisses Third Degree Murder Charge Against Former Officers in George Floyd Case” (The Minneapolis Star-Tribune)