The Los Angeles Police Department has opened an internal investigation after an inappropriate image of George Floyd, the man killed in police custody in Minneapolis last year, was reported to have been circulated in the department, officials said.
The image was styled in an unspecified valentine-like format with the words “You take my breath away,” according to an internal memo posted on Twitter and what Chief Michel Moore told The Los Angeles Times on Saturday.
Another spokesman, Stacy D. Spell, confirmed that “an administrative personnel investigation has been initiated” but said that he could not comment on its specific details.
In video footage, Mr. Floyd can be heard uttering the words “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times.
Mr. Chauvin, 44, has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.