Five Officers Involved in Crime Scene Photo Scandal
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Attorneys say five St. Louis police officers have now admitted to sharing a graphic cell phone photo of the body of a man killed in a March 8 shootout with authorities.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that revelation came Tuesday during a federal court hearing. Attorneys say a SWAT unit officer took the picture of Carlos Boles and forwarded it to another officer. It was eventually forwarded to a total of four officers before mistakenly being sent to someone outside the department.
The department sued for the cell phone records of the officers. A hearing is Thursday.
U.S. Marshals and police went to Boles' home to arrest him on drug and assault charges. Authorities say he opened fire, killing a deputy marshal and wounding two others. Police returned fire, killing Boles.