LAPD Investigates 'Valentine' Mocking George Floyd

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 15, 2021

The Los Angeles Police Department announced it is now looking into reports that its officers allegedly circulated a Valentine's Day image that mocked George Floyd's death.

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 Los Angeles Times reported that the photo had a "Valentine-like format". LAPD Chief and commander at the Harbor Division-Michael Moore said he's "disgusted" by the Floyd post and also said, "Messages with inappropriate content may result in discipline".

Internal Affairs is now trying to get to the bottom of it, looking to see where it was posted and who shared it.

Floyd, a Black man, was killed by Minneapolis police last May after one officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes as he repeatedly said, "I can't breathe".

"A personnel complaint has been initiated and we are pursuing each allegation, including interviewing the department member who brought it to our attention", the LAPD tweeted Sunday.

Floyd's death reignited calls for police reform and racial justice and sparked protests across the country over the summer.

"At this point the Department has not identified any actual postings in the workplace or identified that it was in fact our department employee who created the image". His trial is slated to begin next month.

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.

Chauvin was sacked from the force and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death.

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