The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has launched an investigation into a Valentine’s Day-style image mocking George Floyd that was spread around the internet over the weekend. Floyd died while in police custody over the summer, though the cause of death is unclear.

“The Department has become aware of allegations that an image was being passed around the department and this image was in the workplace,” LAPD HQ posted via Twitter on Saturday. “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 added.

Not only is it curious that the LAPD would waste resources on attempting to track down an image, but the department has not yet found any evidence to suggest that the image was created by an employee in the workplace.

“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,” the LAPD said. “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,” the department added.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd. He is set to stand trial in March. “Three other former officers are scheduled to stand trial in the summer in order to cut down on congestion in the court room and to abide by coronavirus protocols,” The Daily Wire noted.

“Floyd’s death ignited protests and riots that rocked U.S. cities for months afterward as thousands of people marched in streets, set fire to police buildings, destroyed property, and looted stores. In the most extreme cases, individuals were hurt or killed,” The Daily Wire reported. “Retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn, for example, died defending a local business from being robbed amid a riot there.”

Floyd died after Chauvin held him down with his knee on his neck for over eight minutes. However, a toxicology report found that methamphetamines and fentanyl were discovered in Floyd’s system at the time of his death. According to Chief Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker, an independent medical examiner who performed an autopsy on Floyd, evidence seems to suggest that Floyd died of a drug overdose, according to court documents.


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