The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an inside investigation after officers allegedly circulated a photograph of George Floyd, a Black man killed by police final 12 months in Minneapolis, with the caption “You take my breath away” within the fashion of a Valentine’s Day card.
An officer filed an inside criticism alleging the photograph was “passed around” by a number of different officers, LAPD Chief Michel Moore told reporters Saturday. The officer who filed the criticism will probably be interviewed Monday, Moore mentioned.
As of Saturday, the LAPD had not but recognized “any actual postings in the workplace” or confirmed that the photograph in query was created by a division worker, the LAPD mentioned in a statement posted to Twitter.
“We have raised the apparent existence of the image and directed commands to survey the worksites for it,” the LAPD mentioned in its assertion. “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.”
A spokesperson for the LAPD informed HuffPost on Monday that the division is “aware of the inappropriate post” however is unable to remark additional “due to it being a personnel matter.”
On Friday, Cpt. Jay Mastick of the LAPD’s harbor division despatched an internal memo stating that Moore was “disgusted” by the alleged Floyd “valentine” and has instructed supervisors to “reinforce the need for professionalism on our online behavior.”
“Messages with inappropriate content may also result in discipline,” Mastick wrote within the memo to harbor division personnel. “I ask that you maintain your professionalism and use judicious restraint while posting online, because it will ultimately reflect on … you and your position with the Department.”
Floyd, 46, died in May 2020 whereas three Minneapolis law enforcement officials pinned him to the bottom, together with one who kneeled on his neck, after Floyd repeatedly acknowledged that he couldn’t breathe. His killing sparked large, monthslong protests nationwide and in another nations.
A county medical expert dominated Floyd’s demise a murder, stating that he died of “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” An unbiased post-mortem commissioned by Floyd’s household decided Floyd died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure” after being pinned down by his neck and again.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck, has been charged with second-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter. Three different officers who have been on the scene ― Tou Thoa, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane ― have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree homicide and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Chauvin’s trial is scheduled to start March 8. The different defendants are anticipated to be tried collectively starting in August.
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