Floyd was killed on Memorial Day 2020 after Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, handcuffed Floyd, placed him face-first into the street on the street, and put his knee on his neck for several minutes during an arrest.
The county medical examiner ruled Floyd's death a homicide, saying he died of "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression". Per the Los Angeles Times, an internal investigation was launched after an officer reported that a photo of Floyd with the words "You take my breath away" was being passed around by officers. The Department believes the original post may have been the work of an LAPD employee. 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".
The officer who alerted the department about the alleged photo is set to be interviewed on Monday.
Moore said that, if the department confirms officers were circulating the image, 'people will find my wrath'.
The LAPD publicized the situation in a series of tweets, writing, "The Department has become aware of allegations that an image was being passed around the department and this image was in the workplace". 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'. They are scheduled to stand trial in March.
Three other officers involved in the incident, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, were also fired.
Chauvin was sacked and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death.