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Two Canadian police officers filmed posing for photos in front of dead man


Two Canadian police officers are caught on camera posing for photos and laughing in front of dead man on the beach in Vancouver

  • Videographer Zachary Ratcliffe recorded the alarming video last week
  • The officers, who have not been named, were seen snapping photos near the corpse lying in the sand at Stanley Park in Vancouver on February 24
  • Both officers were confined to desk duty pending an investigation
  • The unidentified man’s cause of death has not been released publicly but officials said it is not being treated as suspicious 

Disturbing video shows two Canadian police officers laughing and posing for photos in front of a corpse in Vancouver.  

The officers, whose names have not been released, were confined to desk duty after videographer Zachary Ratcliffe posted his clip online, CBC News reported. 

The video shows the officers standing near the body of a dead man lying in the sand on a beach in Stanley Park last week. 

One of the officers pulled out his camera and started snapping photos of the other as he struck various poses with the body in the background.  

Disturbing video shows two Canadian police officers laughing and posing for photos in front of a corpse in Vancouver

The footage recorded by videographer Zachary Ratcliffe shows the officers standing near the body of a dead man lying in the sand on a beach in Stanley Park last week

The footage recorded by videographer Zachary Ratcliffe shows the officers standing near the body of a dead man lying in the sand on a beach in Stanley Park last week

‘I can’t really explain why these officers were doing this, but to see them laughing and clearly not understanding the gravity of the situation, and not providing the dignity and respect a deceased person would deserve, it struck me as an insensitive act,’ Ratcliffe told CBC.  

‘I think that the VPD should be concerned that officers feel that emboldened to act in such a way that clearly shows no respect for whoever this was.’ 

The Vancouver Police Department said the officers had been called in to secure the scene before a coroner arrived on the morning of February 24. 

The unidentified man’s cause of death has not been released publicly but officials said it is not being treated as suspicious.  

One of the officers pulled out his camera and started snapping photos of the other as he struck various poses with the body in the background.

One of the officers pulled out his camera and started snapping photos of the other as he struck various poses with the body in the background.

The Vancouver Police Department said the officers had been called in to secure the scene before a coroner arrived on the morning of February 24.

The Vancouver Police Department said the officers had been called in to secure the scene before a coroner arrived on the morning of February 24.

VPD Director of Public Affairs Simi Heer confirmed on Wednesday that the department had opened an investigation into the incident.   

‘As of [Monday] morning, under Section 110 of the Police Act, the VPD has reassigned the two officers to non-deployable, administrative positions while the [Office of Police Complaint Commissioner] investigation is ongoing,’ Heer told CBC. 

‘Any change in this status, will depend on the outcome of the OPCC investigation.’

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