Los Angeles Police Department has launched an investigation after an officer reported that a "Valentine" image of George Floyd was being shared among police with the caption "You take my breath away".
The photo of Floyd was being passed around in a Valentine-line format by other officers, Chief Michel Moore told the L.A. Times.
The image was reported by a police officer who will testify on Monday as part of an investigation into those responsible within the Los Angeles Police Department for mocking what is considered to be a race killing.
An officer reportedly filed a complaint about the image circulating the LAPD's Harbor Division, Sunday, according to TMZ.
The Commander at the Harbor Division said LAPD Chief Michael Moore is "disgusted" by the post, adding, "Messages with inappropriate content may result in discipline".
Floyd, a Black man, was killed by Minneapolis police last May after one officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes as he repeatedly said, "I can't breathe".
Floyd's death sparked a wave of outrage, unrest and protests in more than 100 cities nationwide, including Los Angeles, and led to a nationwide reckoning over racial injustice and systematic police brutality, prompting police departments across the country to address the issue and ensure more accountability for their forces. 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", LAPD said in a statement. They are scheduled to stand trial in March.
Chauvin was sacked from the force and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death.