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After the officer and his partner determined the woman was dead, the partner left the room, at which point the officer left with the corpse turned off his body-worn camera.
But the camera caught the alleged fondling in the moments before the officer turned it back on because the devices have two-minute buffering periods to capture what happens right before they are activated, a person briefed on the incident who was not authorized to publicly discuss the case told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
That person told the AP that the footage was found during a random inspection of the officer’s body-camera footage. It’s unclear when the alleged incident happened or when the video was discovered.
The union said in a statement that the veterean officer’s alleged behavior with the woman’s corpse “has no place in law enforcement.”
“If this allegation is true, then the behavior exhibited by this officer is not only wrong, but extremely disturbing, and does not align with the values we, as police officers, hold dear and these values include respect and reverence for the deceased,” the statement said.
Elisha Fieldstadt is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.