Police Officer Who ‘Loves Playing With Dead Bodies’ Under Investigation
A Bakersfield, Calif. police officer is under investigation for allegations he “played” with a dead body.
According to a trainee with senior officer Aaron Stringer, Stringer said he “loves playing with dead bodies” while playfully manipulating the bloody corpse of a man killed by police. The Bakersfield officer also allegedly turned the man’s head to watch it snap back to position, repeatedly tried to open the man’s mouth, and said “tickle, tickle” while touching the man’s feet, the Bakersfield Californian reports.
Stringer allegedly laughed while manipulating the body.
Police Chief Greg Williamson said he was “disturbed” by the comments, which weren’t made public until Friday, and that the officer has been on paid administrative leave since an investigation into the incident began in November.
The dead man, Ramiro James Villegas, was killed by police Nov. 13 after allegedly leading police on a chase that ended in a crash. Villegas, who is 22 years old, allegedly moved toward the officers while reaching for his waistband, prompting officers to fire at him. Villegas was unarmed.
High profile Los Angeles attorney Mark Geragos, who is representing the Villegas family in a claim filed against the city, said he heard the body was manipulated it but only now had it confirmed by Californian’s report. He is calling for Stringer to be fired and prosecuted.
“We are grossly disturbed by the ghoulish behavior of the police,” Geragos told The New York Daily News.
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