A horrified mom is asking some serious questions after a photo emerged that shows a cop giving a thumbs up over her son's dead body.
The body of Omar Rahman, 28, was discovered in a home in Pine Lawn, St Louis, Missouri on August 8 this year.
He is suspected to have died of drug overdose.
His mom, Kimberly Stanton, didn't hear much from the cops after the initial news of her son's death. Then, she was made aware of this photo by TV station KMOV.
It shows a policeman in gloves holding on to a limb of the dead body and smiling at the camera.
Kim told KMOV,
When they come to a call, they're supposed to be there to help and protect, not doing what he was doing with a thumbs up and a smirk on his face. I really don't know, actually, what happened to my son.
The identity of the policeman has not been released, and it is not known who took the photo.
Antonio Romanucci, Ms. Stanton's attorney, said,
It's hideous. The implications of this photograph are just astronomical. I have seen thousands and thousands of forensic photographs, I have never seen a staged photograph of an officer next to a deceased body. Who was there that allowed this to go on? Was there any sergeant involved? Those are the questions that need to be asked and that's what needs to be found here.
Police Chief Timothy Swope said the photograph is subject to an internal investigation.
He told The Washington Post the officer in question was positioning the body as part of the crime scene investigation, but admitted he may have used "poor judgement" by posing with a thumbs up.
But that explanation isn't good enough for the boy's mom. Ms. Stanton wants justice.
I want them punished for what they've done. Because my child, he couldn't do anything. He was helpless. He was gone.
And so, the investigation continues.