The infamous photo of Asa Coon that was taken after he committed suicide was taken by Cleveland police officer Walter Emerick. He admitted to taking the photo with his cell phone and sending it to other people but claims that he did not post it on the internet. If those other people were outside of the investigation then what did he expect to happen?
Steve Loomis, the Cleveland police union president, said the union does not condone a crime-scene photo being posted on the Internet.
But officers have legitimate reasons to take pictures of crime scenes in order to recall what they saw, he said. Emerick took other images that were not posted.
Which is a legitimate reason but if he was sending it out to people for no legitimate reason Officer Emereick should be disciplined.