A number of LAPD Officers Beneath Investigation For Allegedly Circulating A George Floyd Valentine’s Day Card Captioned ‘You Take My Breathe Away’
Roommate, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, has opened an investigation into several LAPD officials after it was reported they allegedly handed out a replica Valentine’s Day card with George Floyd’s face on it.
District Attorney George Gascón called the allegations “extremely worrying” as the card was titled “They take my breath away”. The complaint was reportedly made by a colleague who is to be questioned as part of the investigation.
“The recreated Valentine’s Day underscores the extremely problematic and overtly racist perception that pervades the law enforcement culture of the communities we are sworn to protect and serve,” Gascón said in a statement. “Actions like this ultimately have an impact on the safety of the community and officials.”
LAPD chief Michael Moore said the aim of the investigation is to use the official who made the complaint to determine how the idea was first spread. The union representing the LAPD officers issued a statement to Chief Moore, urging him to “act quickly” in the investigation.
“The Los Angeles Police Protective League rejects this hideous image and anyone associated with its creation, dissemination or passive observation,” the statement said. “There doesn’t have to be tolerance for this behavior within the profession, and any police officer who feels the need to be part of an online group that engages, promotes and / or celebrates this type of activity should rethink their career choice quickly because he clearly does so. I have neither the judgment nor the temperament to be a member of law enforcement. “
Unfortunately, as we previously reported, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer who held him for a few minutes while yelling, “I can’t breathe.” George’s family also released a statement to the LAPD regarding the offending card.
“This is not an insult in addition to injury – it is an injury in addition to death,” the statement said. “The kind of calluses and cruelty in a person’s soul that are required to do such a thing is beyond understanding – and indicates a much larger problem within the LAPD’s culture. We demand that everyone involved be held accountable for their repulsive behavior and that the family be apologized immediately. “
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