St. Louis, MO — A mom continues to be asking for solutions two years after her son’s dying and desires to know why a photograph exists of a cop posing along with her son’s lifeless physique. The person’s mom has since introduced a lawsuit demanding to know why a police officer felt it essential to degrade her poor son in such a disgusting method.
“My coronary heart hurts daily. That was my solely son,” stated Kim Staton.
On August eight, 2016, Staton’s son, Omar Rahman, 28, was discovered lifeless in his residence in Pine Garden. The North County Police Cooperative responded to conduct an investigation, throughout which period the photograph was taken. Since this photograph, the county health worker dominated the Rahman’s dying an unintended overdose.
“I actually don’t know, truly, what occurred to my son,” she stated, describing how police haven’t stated a lot to her since her son’s dying.
Weeks after Rahman’s dying, a photograph, showing to depict the scene of her son’s dying, was leaked. The date, Aug. eight, 2016, was the date of Rahman’s dying.
Within the photograph, the officer is carrying gloves, holding onto the arm of Rahman’s physique and giving a thumbs up.
“In your thoughts, is there any cheap clarification for what that officer was doing?” requested Investigative Reporter Lauren Trager, the reporter who found the picture.
“No,” stated Staton. “As a result of after they come to a name, they’re alleged to be there to assist and defend, not doing what he was doing with thumbs up and a smirk on his face.”
“It’s hideous. The implications of this are simply astronomical,” Staton’s lawyer, Antonio Romanucci stated in settlement on the time.
“I’ve seen 1000’s and 1000’s of forensic images, I’ve by no means seen a staged of an officer subsequent to a deceased physique,” Romanucci stated, indicating that one thing is just not proper.
Then-Chief Tim Swope stated the officer was positioning the physique for footage on the scene and gave the thumbs up “in response to the photographer’s query as as to if he was prepared for the photograph to be taken,” in accordance with KMOV.
On the time, Swope refused to go on digicam, saying that they had been conducting an inside and exterior investigation into “the totality” of the state of affairs. Nevertheless, nothing ever got here from this supposed investigation.
“This has been a whole catastrophe for the household. It’s been very laborious on them they usually’ve been looking for solutions as to how this might have occurred,” Staton’s lawyer Tom Porto stated.
Staton is now suing the division claiming that the photograph brought about her extreme emotional misery. Staton and her lawyer famous that they by no means purchased the official story from police in regards to the thumbs up and the smile within the photograph.
“It wasn’t ok. You possibly can’t clarify that photograph, you may’t clarify that away,” he stated.
In accordance with to KMOV, Swope was suspended from the division lately. He then suspiciously resigned—a transfer taken by many cops going through inside investigation so as to keep away from prosecution.
Except for an officer of their division taking wicked pictures with the lifeless physique of a grieving mom’s son, at the time, a lawyer for the North County Police Cooperative threatened KMOV for reporting on the , claiming it was “stolen property,” in accordance with KMOV. The lawyer famous that “NCPC doesn’t imagine it’s acceptable to touch upon a matter associated to to open prison investigations.”