Canadian police accused of posing for photos in front of body

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Two Canadian police officers have been caught on video laughing and posing for photos in front of a dead man.

Videographer Zachary Ratcliffe captured the incident last week at a beach in Stanley Park where a deceased man was lying in the sand, Canadian outlet CBC News reported.

Footage showed one of the officers snapping photos as the other struck poses in front of the body.

“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 the outlet.

Vancouver Police Department said the two officers had been sent to the scene to secure the area before the coroner could arrive.

No cause has been released for the man’s death, but authorities are not treating it as suspicious.

The two officers have been reassigned as the agency investigates their alleged conduct.

“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,” police spokeswoman Simi Heer told the outlet.

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Videographer Zachary Ratcliffe captured the incident last week at a beach in Stanley Park.
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