St. Louis Mother Wants Answers After ‘Hideous’ Photo of Officer Posing With Her Dead Son Surfaces


A St. Louis mother is demanding answers after a photo surfaced that appears to depict the scene of her son’s death.

Her attorney calls the photo: “hideous.”

On August 8, 2016, Kim Staton’s son, 28-year-old Omar Rahman, was found dead in a home in Pine Lawn. The North County Police Cooperative responded. The county medical examiner has since ruled it an accidental drug overdose. But Staton says ever since her son’s death, she’s heard little from police.

“I really don’t know, actually, what happened to my son,” she said.

Now she says she’s hurt even more. Weeks after Rahman’s death, a photo, appearing to depict the scene of her son’s death, was leaked. The date, Aug. 8, was the date of Rahman’s death.

The reporter who obtained the photo, from television station KMOV in St. Louis, chose to blur the body in the photo as well as the face of the North County Police Cooperative officer, since no wrongdoing has been determined.

He is wearing gloves, holding onto the arm of the body and giving a thumbs up.

When asked if she could imagine any reasonable explanation for the officer’s pose in the photo, Staton said, “No, because 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’s attorney, Antonio Romanucci, agrees.

“It’s hideous. The implications of this photograph are just astronomical,” Romanucci said.

He believes something isn’t right.

“I have seen thousands and thousands of forensic photographs, I have never seen a staged photograph of an officer next to a deceased body,” Romanucci said.

Now, he wants a complete investigation by an agency other than the Police Cooperative.

“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,” Romanucci said.

Questions are now swirling, too, about how this photo got out. Staton says police told her their official crime scene camera had been missing for a time and that pictures were also gone.

“Had you not received that photograph we wouldn’t know this. We would never have known this,” Romanucci told KMOV.

North County Cooperative Chief Tim Swope refused to go on camera, saying that they were conducting an internal and external investigation into “the totality” of the situation. The chief has declined repeated offers to show him the photo.

“If the police department doesn’t even know how it’s been released, then certainly, that’s a problem,” said former St. Louis Police Department Chief Dan Isom.

After taking a look at the photo, he says it’s just unclear exactly what the officer’s doing.

“I don’t know why he’s raising his thumb in the air, I don’t know what he’s doing at that point, I can’t explain why you would be doing that in the photo, but certainly there are reasons why a person might turn a body over, view it, for signs of trauma,” Isom said.

Either way, the department, he says, needs to get to the bottom of it.

“The fact that the photo is out is just problematic, so even if you can’t determine the intentions of the officer, which by the photo, look questionable, you certainly are distressed and concerned that it’s out in the public,” Isom said.

He also says he has no idea why Swope has declined to see it.

“See it, talk to the officer, get all the information relative to why they were there,” Isom said.

Romanucci is now weighing 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 said.

Staton is wanting to know more, for her son’s sake.

“That’s what I am looking for, I’m looking for some answers,” Staton said.

A lawyer for the North County Police Cooperative threatened KMOV for reporting on the photograph, claiming it was “stolen property,” and stating that “NCPC does not believe it is appropriate to comment on a matter related to 2 open criminal investigations.”

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  • Haywould Youblowme

    the only thing Hideous about this is that you niggers are still here. go extinct already

  • 666efg

    Listening to her is like listening to a 5 year old try to talk.. she pauses and cant figure out what to say or how to talk.

    • VaricoseVain

      Yeah, such a bad performance, she should have rehearsed her lines better, or read the script… oh wait, she’s not a professional actress or TV presenter, she’s a grieving mother, and therefore your criticism is retarded.

      • 666efg

        na bro she’s straight retarded.. thats it.

        • Sarasotan

          Even if your lovely description is correct, how does that justify the officer’s actions?

  • David Huffman

    “What a long day man, how are you holding up?”

    *officer responds by smiling and giving a thumbs up*

    He isn’t necessarily doing something inappropriate, i definitely don’t think this is worth 5+ minutes of onscreen (multiple hours offscreen) time dedicated to it.

    • VaricoseVain

      You’re right that he may not be doing something deliberately inappropriate, but we don’t know, and the reality is this is harmful to the image of the police department, and he should have known better.

  • The LAWYER Only Want’s More Money.!!!!!!

  • VaricoseVain

    Such posing for photos at a potential crime scene is of course totally callous and unprofessional, and anyone defending such behavior is a moronic troglodyte. That said, while we don’t know all the facts, the reality is that people who must deal with death on a regular basis, including hospital staff, paramedics, police and fire, often resort to gallows humor as a coping mechanism. The officer should be disciplined, but in an APPROPRIATE manner, such as a suspension, write-up, etc. He doesn’t need to be fired, or killed, or whatever extreme nonsense the hysterical left wing will claim. And he doesn’t need to be celebrated as a hero or excused as the brain-dead right wing will claim.