A pair of British cops have been charged with misconduct after taking selfies with the bodies of two sisters who were brutally stabbed to death — and then sharing the gruesome photos on WhatsApp, according to reports.
Cops Deniz Jaffer, 47, and Jamie Lewis, 32, were charged Wednesday for allegedly taking the ghoulish pics with the slain bodies of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman last year, The Straits Times reported.
The incident is under investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
“These are extremely serious charges and we thank the IOPC for their work to get to this point,” Paul Betts, commander of the Directorate of Professional Standards, told the outlet.
“Our thoughts go out to the families of Bibaa and Nicole, as we recognize the renewed grief and pain this development will bring,” Betts said. “We know the public will share out outrage, but I would ask that space is now given to allow the judicial process to run its proper course.”
Henry, 46, a social worker, and Smallman, 27, a photographer, were found dead on June 6 at a park in Wembley after attending a celebration for Henry’s birthday with friends, Metropolitan Police said.
Danyal Hussein, 18, is charged in the deaths of the two sisters and is scheduled to stand trial on two counts of murder later this year.
The two cops, who allegedly shared the since-deleted photos on WhatsApp, came under scrutiny after reports surfaced of “non-official and inappropriate photographs” were reported to authorities, The Sun reported.
Sal Naseem, London director for the IOPC, said officials were “deeply concerned.”
“The public have a right to expect high standards of professional behavior from police,” Naseem said. “These allegations, if true, breach that trust and may point to more serious issues around the organizational structure, which we will also be looking at.”
The victims’ mother, Mina Smallman told reporters last month, “this has taken our grief to another place,” The Sun said.
“If ever we needed an example of how toxic it has become, those police officers felt so safe, so untouchable, that they felt they could take photographs of dead black girls and send them on,” Smallman said.
The two cops are due to face their first hearing in the case on May 27.