Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers are receiving backlash for reportedly passing around a Valentine’s Day graphic mocking George Floyd’s death.
The graphic shows a photo of George Floyd with the caption “You take my breath away.”
Floyd died on May 25 after ex-officer Derek Chauvin pinned his knee on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes as Floyd said, “I can’t breathe.”
The image was allegedly shared around the police department. One officer reported it to officials. The department opened an internal investigation in response.
“Our investigation is to determine the accuracy of the allegations while also reinforcing our zero-tolerance for anything with racist views,” Police Chief Michel Moore told the Los Angeles Times.
The department publicly addressed the incident on Facebook and Twitter, saying there are also allegations the image was created by a department employee.
LAPD “has not identified any actual postings in the workplace or identified that it was in fact our department employee who created the image.”
The department also said it has “raised the apparent existence of the image and directed commands to survey the worksites for it.”