The Long Beach Police Department in California has launched an internal investigation after one of its newest officers posted pictures of himself standing over a bloody floor holding his baton after a day of violent protests in the city.
“The images depicted here are very disturbing and are not in line with the high standards we hold our officers accountable for,” Chief Robert Luna said in a statement.
Demonstrators clashed with police Sunday as what had begun as a peaceful protest turned violent, with some people looting stores and throwing bottles at police, and officers firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters and journalists. It was part of ongoing nationwide protests against police violence after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
In the middle of Sunday’s mayhem, police officer Jacob Delgado posted pictures of himself on his personal Instagram account heading to the protests. While protesters faced off with police, the 26-year-old posted a picture of his black baton over a bloodied floor.
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