A St. Louis woman is upset after a photo has surfaced showing police officers posing next to her son’s dead body.
According to KMOV-TV, 28-year-old Omar Rahman died of an apparent drug overdose on August 8. But since Rahman’s death, Kim Stanton hasn’t heard much about the investigation surrounding the tragedy.
But while Stanton hasn’t had much contact with the North County Police Cooperative, photos have leaked from the crime scene — photos that have only broken her heart further.
The photos appear to show a police officer posing with a thumbs up next to Rahman’s lifeless body. The photo is dated August 8, the day of Rahman’s death.
“It’s hideous. The implications of this photograph are just astronomical,” Antonio Romanucci, Stanton’s attorney 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.”
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The NCPC did not comment to KMOV, claiming that their crime scene camera had been stolen and were currently investigating the situation. But Romanucci says he is considering a lawsuit against the cooperative to get more information.
“I think we should be investigating this together. I think the public needs to know about this,” Romanucci told KMOV.
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.