LAPD trolls with George Floyd meme. Mine is more esoteric.

“To protect and to serve” boast LAPD’s patrol cars.

They are a wild bunch, those guys. Riddled with corruption, cronyism, outright criminal behavior, this department has a notorious history. Joseph Wambaugh made a few good points.

And now the department reveals some of its force includes a few meme lords.

The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an internal investigation after an officer reported that a photo of George Floyd with the words “You take my breath away” in a Valentine-like format was being “passed around” by other officers, Chief Michel Moore said Saturday.

Moore said the officer who made the complaint is set to be interviewed Monday, and the department’s goal is to determine exactly where and how the image may have come into the workplace, online or otherwise, and who may have been involved.

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

If the department confirms officers were circulating the image, “people will find my wrath,” Moore said.

Moore also confirmed the department is investigating two Instagram accounts that people have reported as possibly being linked to department personnel — including one called the “Blue Line Mafia.”

The “Blue Line Mafia” sounds very much an LAPD subculture. I haven’t seen the meme myself but it’s easy to picture. Perhaps amusing, maybe worth a chuckle, there is not the greatest sense of nuance or subtlety about it. Total rudimentary cop humor. I give them a B+ for cojones.

I personally think a much cleverer and wickedly abstract George Floyd meme would involve another song, by another group, from another era.

Super esoteric but it strikes a chord on multiple levels for those who recognize.


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