Target: Tim Swope, Chief of Police, North County Co-op, St. Louis
Goal: Punish police officer who allegedly posed giving what looks like a thumbs up at a crime scene with a dead body.
A mother in St. Louis is looking for answers after a photo surfaced in which a police officer appears to be posing at the scene of her son’s death, allegedly giving a “thumbs up” next to his body. According to the medical examiner, Omar Rahman, 28, died of an accidental drug overdose. His mother, Kim Staton, says she’s heard very little from police since his death, and that, “I really don’t know, actually, what happened to my son.” She says the surfacing of this photograph is causing her still more pain, and that the police did not do what they are supposed to when they come to a call: help and protect.
The reporter who released the photo blurred the face of the officer as well as the body, since no wrongdoing has been determined. In the picture, the officer is wearing gloves and holding on to the arm of the body, giving a thumbs up with his other hand.
Staton’s attorney, Antonio Romanucci, is calling for a complete investigation conducted by an outside source. He says, “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.” Additionally, the police say they do not know how the photo was leaked, and Staton says she was told by police that their official crime scene camera, along with photos, had been missing for a time. North County Co-op Chief Tim Swope says they are conducting investigations, but has also declined to go on camera or to see the photograph himself. These circumstances are highly unusual and inappropriate, and have caused an already grieving woman a great deal more pain. Sign below to demand punishment for the officer responsible.
Dear Chief Swope,
The photograph of a North County Co-op officer allegedly posing for a photograph at the scene of a young man’s death, giving a thumbs up next to his body, is completely inappropriate and has caused a grieving mother even more pain and suffering.
Kim Staton’s son, Omar Rahman, was just 28 when he died of an accidental drug overdose, according to the medical examiner. Since then, Staton says she’s heard very little from the police, though she was told that the official crime scene camera and photos had been missing. The photo that surfaced, in which an officer wearing gloves appears to be posed holding the arm of Rahman’s deceased body and making a thumbs up gesture, has left Staton hurting and looking for answers for the sake of her son. The actions of this unnamed officer have caused a lot of pain, and this family deserves justice. I urge you to punish the officer responsible for this extremely offensive photograph.
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Photo Credit: Bureau of Indian Affairs Police