Mother blasts photo of officer smiling, giving thumbs-up next to her son’s dead body

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The photograph, published last week by a television station, immediately drew a firestorm of criticisms on social media. “As a momma, this breaks my heart. I cannot imagine seeing this from the people that are PAID to protect and serve,” one Facebook user wrote. Another called it “sickening,” while others pointed at some racial undertones. The photo shows a white police officer smiling as he bends over beside a black man’s dead body. Wearing latex gloves, he gives a thumbs-up with his right hand and holds the man’s limp arm in the other. The name of the officer from the North County Police Cooperative in Missouri has not been released. The deceased man is 28-year-old Omar Rahman, who was found …

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