LAPD chief seeks to fire employee who posted image mocking George Floyd

City News Service
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
LAPD seeks to fire employee who shared post mocking George Floyd
An LAPD employee who posted an image of George Floyd with the words "You take my breath away" should be fired, Chief Moore says.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The Los Angeles Police Department internally identified an employee who distributed a Valentine's Day-themed social media post mocking the death of George Floyd, and Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday that he has recommended the person be fired.

Moore told the city's Police Commission on Tuesday that publicly identifying the employee responsible is prohibited by state law, but the person was referred to the department's Board of Rights, its disciplinary appeal board. He clarified to commissioners that when a person is referred to the Board of Rights, they're recommended to be fired.

Activists have been calling for the firing of any LAPD employee who created or circulated the post, which featured an image of Floyd -- who was killed on May 25, 2020 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes -- that included the words "You take my breath away."

The police union, the Floyd family attorney and various city leaders have decried the post.

Moore said the employee received the post from outside the LAPD and forwarded it to another member of the department. The employee who received the post reported the first employee.

LAPD chief vows disciplinary action over George Floyd post

LAPD Chief Michel Moore said disciplinary action will be taken if a member of the department is found to be behind the reported image of George Floyd.

The department became aware of the photo on Feb. 12, two days before Valentine's Day, because a group of officers saw it and were "disgusted" by the post, Moore said. The department inspected all stations for any evidence of the image and worked to identify anyone who was involved in the creation or distribution of the image, which was posted on the Blue Line Mafia Instagram page. The page has since been taken down.

Chauvin was convicted on one count of second-degree murder, one count of third-degree murder and one count of second-degree manslaughter.

In February, while discussing the post, Moore told commissioners that some in the LAPD have "extremist" views.

"We must acknowledge that some portion within our profession and by extension within this department has explicit bias and extremist views," he said. "This is a similar conclusion that the Department of Defense has reached with its forces as it comes to terms with the members of its own armed forces being inside the Capitol this past January."

Moore added that he believed the vast majority of the department's personnel serve Los Angeles with "honor, integrity and compassion."

The LAPD's union also expressed outrage at the post mocking Floyd.

"The Los Angeles Police Protective League repudiates this abhorrent image and anyone associated with its creation, dissemination, or passive observation of it,'' the union said in February. "If that image was created, liked,' or shared by a member of the LAPD, the chief of police must act swiftly to hold those individuals accountable. There must be zero tolerance for this behavior in our profession, and any police officer who feels the need to be part of any online group that engages in, promotes, and/or celebrates this type of activity should quickly rethink their career choice because they clearly don't have the judgment, nor temperament, to be a member of law enforcement.''