Los Angeles police have launched an internal investigation after officers were reported to have shared a Valentine’s Day photo of George Floyd with the caption “You breathe from me.”
The Los Angeles Police Department is also investigating whether the image, which was reported by the Los Angeles Times, was created by a police officer.
“At this time, the department has not identified any actual postings in the workplace or identified that it was actually our department employee who created the image,” the police tweeted Saturday.
Police did not respond to a request for more details Sunday.
Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after Minneapolis ex-police officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. His death brought waves of police responsibility and racial demonstrations throughout the United States, as well as violent and destructive acts in some cities.
Three other officers were also charged in Floyd’s death.
Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore told the Times that an officer filed a complaint over the picture and will be interviewed by officials Monday.
“Our investigation is to determine the accuracy of the allegations, while strengthening our zero tolerance for anything with racist views,” Moore told the newspaper.
If the allegations are substantiated, Moore added, “people will find my anger.”
It was not immediately clear where the image is alleged to have been shared, or how many officers have circulated it. If the complaint is confirmed, the department said, “any employee or supervisor is instructed to take possession and identify those present. The department will have no tolerance for this type of behavior.”
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