LAPD Investigating Whether Officer Passed Around Photo Mocking George Floyd

  • LAPD Investigating Whether Officer Passed Around Photo Mocking George Floyd

LAPD Investigating Whether Officer Passed Around Photo Mocking George Floyd

Floyd was killed on May 25 after he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground under the knee of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for over nine minutes, after he repeatedly said, "I can't breathe".

George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, died in May 2020 after being brutally apprehended for reportedly using fake money in a shop.

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

The photo of Floyd was being passed around in a Valentine-line format by other officers, Chief Michel Moore told the L.A. Times. Meanwhile, LAPD officer Rosario Cervantes came closer to confirming reports in an interview with Patch.

LAPD said in a statement: 'The Department has become aware of allegations that an image was being passed around the department and this image was in the workplace. 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". Floyd's death was captured by multiple cell phone cameras and the footage of Floyd calling for help and then going quiet as he died sparked outrage and protests around the country last summer, including in Los Angeles.

The LAPD said it hasn't identified the actual postings or if it was created by one of their employees as of Sunday, but it has asked directors to search their worksites for more information.

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

Three other officers involved in the incident, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, were also fired.

They are all facing trial for Floyd's killing, with the trial expected to begin in March.