LAPD Investigating Whether Officer Passed Around Photo Mocking George Floyd

LAPD Cops Under Fire for Sharing'You Take My Breath Away George Floyd Post

Los Angeles Police Department has launched an investigation after an officer reported that a "Valentine" image of George Floyd was being shared among police with the caption "You take my breath away".

The county medical examiner ruled Floyd's death a homicide, saying he died of "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression".

The photo of Floyd was being passed around in a Valentine-line format by other officers, Chief Michel Moore told the L.A. Times.

The probe has not revealed "actual postings" of the card at the workplace, according to posts on the LAPD official account, but Moore that claimed officers "will find his wrath" if the existence of the image is confirmed. A white police officer pressed Floyd to the ground with his knee for nearly nine minutes, during which time the man begged to be allowed to breath and eventually suffocated to death.

The LAPD acknowledged the troubling reports in a series of tweets Saturday evening, writing that they had "become aware of allegations" that the offensive image "was being passed around the department" and that the original post had been created by an LAPD employee.

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LAPD Investigates Report of Valentine’s Day Image Mocking George Floyd Circulating Among Officers

'If found any employee or supervisor is directed to take possession and identify those present.

Minneapolis is anticipating unrest and protests as the city prepares for Chauvin's trial and jury selection, set to begin March 8, with members of the National Guard set to be deployed to downtown Minneapolis and across the city.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.

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.


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