LAPD Chief Michael Moore Says George Floyd’s Death Is On Looters’ Hands ‘As Much As’ Minn. Officers’ — Apologizes Later

At a press conference held by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Michael Moore said George Floyd’s death is on looters’ hands “as much as” the Minneapolis officers physically responsible.

His comments were made on Monday as he and the mayor updated the public about the ongoing riots throughout the city, leading to the arrests of hundreds of people.

“Last night, we had just under 700 arrests. Of that, just under 70 were for looting and burglarizing,” Moore said via Yahoo! Entertainment.

The police chief said he did not witness peaceful protesting, but violent rioting.

“We didn’t have protests last night, we had criminal acts. We didn’t have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd. We had people capitalizing,” he continued, specifically recognizing he knew the statement to be a “strong” one.

Later, Moore apologized and backtracked, saying he did not intend to blame protesters.

“I misspoke when I said his blood was on their hands,” said Moore, “but certainly their actions do not serve the enormity of his loss. What his name should stand for is the catalyst for change. I regret the remarks of that characterization, but I don’t regret, nor will I apologize to those out there creating destruction. His memory deserves better.”

The LAPD chief affirmed: “His death was at the hands of those police officers. What I saw there wasn’t right.”

Several people online did not agree with Moore’s comments:

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A petition to remove Moore on Change.org had already received over 3,300 signatures at the time of publication.