LA cop who shared 'you take my breath away' Valentine's Day meme mocking George Floyd's death with is CLEARED of wrongdoing and won't be punished

 The Los Angeles police officer who circulated a Valentine's Day-themed meme with the words 'you take my breath away' poking fun at George Floyd's murder has been cleared of wrongdoing and will not face any disciplinary action.

The cop, a sergeant who works at the LAPD’s air support division who has not been named publicly, was found not guilty of any administrative charges by a internal disciplinary panel comprised of community members, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed on Tuesday.

Police Chief Michel Moore had directed the officer to the panel, known as a Board of Rights, in May with the recommendation that the officer be fired. The chief does not have the authority to dismiss officers.


'The Department respects the disciplinary process and will direct employees to a board of rights where it is believed that termination is the appropriate penalty,' the LAPD said in a statement Tuesday.

The LAPD officer who shared a photo of George Floyd with the words 'you take my breath away' has been found not guilty of any administrative charges. In May, LAPD Chief Michel Moore (pictured speaking in June 2020) recommended that the officer be fired

The LAPD officer who shared a photo of George Floyd with the words 'you take my breath away' has been found not guilty of any administrative charges. In May, LAPD Chief Michel Moore (pictured speaking in June 2020) recommended that the officer be fired

The officer chose to have their case heard by a board of three civilians, instead of two LAPD officers of the rank of captain or higher and one civilian panelist. KNBC first reported the panel's findings.

Leslie Wilcox, the officer's attorney, said the officer only shared the Valentine to report it to his superior.

'The Board of Rights panel was absolutely correct in exonerating the officer based on the evidence of this case. The officer found the meme offensive, he did not create the meme, nor did he distribute it beyond notifying a commanding officer of its existence,' Wilcox said in a statement. 

'This decision shows that the Board of Rights process works and that the civilian panel is able to put aside political pressure and focus on the evidence in front of them in making objective decisions.'


The offensive meme was said to have featured George Floyd's photo in a Valentine's Day card format

The offensive meme was said to have featured George Floyd's photo in a Valentine's Day card format 

Floyd, a black men, was killed beneath the knee of then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020

Floyd, a black men, was killed beneath the knee of then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020

Chauvin was sentenced in May 2021 to more than 22 years in prison for Floyd's murder

Chauvin was sentenced in May 2021 to more than 22 years in prison for Floyd's murder

Moore had ordered an investigation into the racist Valentine in February, vowing that if the probe found that LAPD officers were circulating the image, 'people will find my wrath.'

'Our investigation is to determine the accuracy of the allegations while also reinforcing our zero tolerance for anything with racist views,' Moore said.

Floyd, a black man, was killed in May 2020 after then-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pressed a knee on his neck for more than eight minutes as Floyd repeatedly said, 'I can't breathe.' 

His death, which was captured on video, launched massive protests nationwide over racial injustice and police brutality, including in Los Angeles.

Chauvin was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison last month after being found guilty of murdering Floyd.

LA cop who shared 'you take my breath away' Valentine's Day meme mocking George Floyd's death with is CLEARED of wrongdoing and won't be punished LA cop who shared 'you take my breath away' Valentine's Day meme mocking George Floyd's death with is CLEARED of wrongdoing and won't be punished Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 09:57 Rating: 5

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