LAPD probes '"inappropriate" George Floyd Valentine pic with caption '"you take my breath away" posted by staffer'

A MEMBER of the LAPD reportedly posted a picture of George Floyd "in a Valentine format" with the caption "you take my breath away," reports say.

The LAPD is now reportedly probing the alleged online behavior – just a week after it was revealed the department's response to demonstrations following Floyd's death will be investigated.

According to an internal email shared by journalist Jasmyne Cannick, a staff member shared the post on social media that "disgusted" the Los Angeles Chief.

The post from a member of LAPD's Harbor Patrol Division allegedly shared a pic of Floyd with the caption "you take my breath away."

The image was said to be shared in a valentine format.

The Los Angeles Times also published a report indicating that the police there were investigating the matter.

The outlet reported that LAPD Chief Michel Moore said if the department finds that officers were circulating the offensive image, “people will find my wrath."

The Sun contacted LAPD for comment on Saturday.

LAPD also released a lengthy thread on Twitter, which read: "The Department has become aware of allegations that an image was being passed around the department and this image was in the workplace."

"There are also allegations that the post with the image was authored by a department employee," it continued. "A personnel complaint has been initiated and we are pursuing each allegation including interviewing the department member who brought it to our attention.

"At this point the Department has not identified any actual postings in the workplace or identified that it was in fact our department employee who created the image. 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."

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25 after a Minneapolis, Minnesota cop kneeled on his neck during an arrest.

Video showed officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes – despite Floyd repeatedly saying "I can't breathe."

Floyd's death sparked a wave of protests across the nation, as people gathered in support of Black Lives Matter and called for an end to police brutality.

According to the email from Captain Jay Mastick, Moore was "disgusted" by the post and ordered a complaint be made.

The email reminded people to "maintain your professionalism and use judicious restraint while posting online," and said that "messages with inappropriate content may also result in discipline."

The Department will have zero tolerance for this type of behavior.

It was not specified what the name or rank of the LAPD staffer was that shared the alleged post.

The email did also not specify if the staff member who shared the post has been or will be disciplined.

The reported post from a staff member came just more than a week after it was revealed the National Police Foundation will independently evaluate the LAPD's response to protests following Floyd's death.

Two sessions were set to be held to get input from the community on the LAPD's response to demonstrations, City News Service reported.

A federal lawsuit was filed with allegations of injuries – depicted by graphic photos – and claims that people were harmed from tight handcuffs and kept on a crowded bus for hours, CNS reported.

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed alongside the federal suit with claims of injuries caused by police.

One Marine veteran claimed he suffered from brain bleeding after he was hit in the head with a rubber bullet at a George Floyd protest.

CJ Montano said he was injured during a protest in the Fairfax neighborhood of Southern California.

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