An upsetting picture of a St. Louis cop posing with a dead body surfaced recently; the officer is seen smiling and giving thumbs up holding the hand of a man who died in an accidental drug overdose.
Omar Rahman, 28, was found dead in a home, in northwest St. Louis in August.
The horrific picture outraged Rahman's family. The photograph was given to an investigative reporter by an officer who wished to stay anonymous.
Rahman’s mother, Kim Staton, is now demanding answers from the authorities about the picture. Ever since her son’s death she has not heard much from the police.
“I really don’t know, actually, what really happened to my son,’’ Staton said.
She wants an explanation of the horribly insensitive, unprofessional picture taken by the officer posing right next to his dead son.
“When they come to a call, they're supposed to be there to help and protect, not doing what he was doing with thumbs up and a smirk on his face,” Staton said.
Staton's attorney, Antonio Romanucci, also demands an explanation.
“It's hideous. The implications of this photograph are just astronomical,” Romanucci said.
“I have seen thousands and thousands of forensic photographs, I have never seen a staged photograph of an officer next to a deceased body,” he added.
Instead of castigating the officer involved in this horrific incident, the North County Cooperative Police Department instead threatened the investigative reporter, Lauren Trager, for possessing and showing the photo.
People are comparing this picture with the infamous Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse photos where U.S. Army officers posed with the detainees from Iraq in a similar way, giving the deceased a thumps up.
People are outraged at the officer’s insensitive behavior and want him removed from his job.