LAPD Accused of Sharing Image Mocking George Floyd's Death

Brenda Watkins
February 15, 2021

The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an internal investigation after an officer reported that a photo of George Floyd with the words "You take my breath away" in a Valentine-like format was circulated among officers.

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Floyd was killed on May 25 after he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground under the knee of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for over nine minutes, after he repeatedly said, "I can't breathe".

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. She added that if the department finds out it was officers who distributed the image, "people will find my wrath".

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The Los Angeles Times also reports that the LAPD is investigating two Instagram accounts that may be linked to department personnel, including a pro-police account called "Blue Line Mafia".

The LAPD publicized the situation in a series of tweets, writing, "The Department has become aware of allegations that an image was being passed around the department and this image was in the workplace". The Department believes the original post may have been the work of an LAPD employee.

His death launched massive protests nationwide over racial injustice and police brutality.

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'. His trial is slated to begin in March.

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