The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an internal investigation after an offensive electronic card was allegedly distributed across the department over the weekend. On Valentine's Day, LAPD personnel were accused of creating and sharing an electronic card featuring a picture of George Floyd with a caption that reads, "You take my breath away." After the post was published, the department issued a series of tweets condemning the card
"The Department has become aware of allegations that an image was being passed around the department and this image was in the workplace. There are also allegations that the post with the image was authored by a department employee. A personnel complaint has been initiated and we are pursuing each allegation including interviewing the department member who brought it to our attention," the department tweeted.
"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. We have raised the apparent existence of the image and directed commands to survey the worksites for it. If found any employee or supervisor is directed to take possession and identify those present. The Department will have zero tolerance for this type of behavior."
Floyd was pronounced dead shortly after former Minneapolis Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes. As Floyd was laying on the ground, he pleaded to the officers that he could not breathe. Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. His trial is set to begin on March 8.
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