The LA Police Division is investigating allegations its officers handed round a Valentine’s Day card mocking final 12 months’s demise of African American man George Floyd by the hands of police.
In accordance with LAPD, on February 14, a picture of George Floyd’s face, captioned “You take my breath away”, in a “Valentine format” was handed round its workplace.
The division stated it was doable the card wasn’t simply circulated, but additionally created by staff of the LAPD.
The caption makes direct reference to George Floyd’s demise in Might 2020, after police officer Derek Chauvin stood on his neck for 9 minutes, inflicting Floyd to die from lack of oxygen.
All the 9 minutes was filmed by a member of the general public, and George Floyd may very well be heard saying “I can’t breathe” within the video.
His demise prompted Black Lives Matter protests throughout the nation.
“The Division has develop into conscious of allegations that a picture was being handed across the division and this picture was within the office. There are additionally allegations that the publish with the picture was authored by a division worker,” LAPD stated in a press release on Twitter.
“A personnel criticism has been initiated and we’re pursuing every allegation, together with interviewing the division member who introduced it to our consideration.
“At this level the Division has not recognized any precise postings within the office or recognized that it was in reality our division worker who created the picture. We now have raised the obvious existence of the picture and directed instructions to survey the worksites for it.
“If discovered, any worker or supervisor is directed to take possession and determine these current. The Division could have zero tolerance for this sort of habits.”
LAPD chief Michel Moore stated the individual behind the picture would face his “wrath” once they had been caught.
“The Floyd household is understandably outraged,” Moore stated in a press release to the LA Times.
“That is past insult on high of damage – it’s damage on high of demise.
“The kind of callousness and cruelty inside an individual’s soul wanted to do one thing like this evades comprehension – and is indicative of a a lot bigger downside throughout the tradition of the LAPD.
The Floyd household lawyer, Ben Crump, has known as for an apology from the LA Police.