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Officers' names released in cell phone picture case

1:05 PM, Mar 29, 2011   |    comments
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By Ryan Dean

St. Louis (KSDK) -- Federal court documents lists the names of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers being investigated by their own department for allegedly being involved in taking a cell phone picture of a dead suspect and forwarding it to others.

The documents list officers; Stephen Schroeder, Curtis Burgdorf, Nicholas Manasco and Thomas Favazza.

The four are listed in the documents because they are trying to block the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department from using private cell phone records to further its investigation.

The investigation stems from a fatal shooting involving Carlos Boles who was killed by authorities after he killed a U.S. Marshal.

One officer came forward and admitted to taking the picture of Boles at the shooting scene and passing it along.  In court Tuesday, one of the attorney's representing some of the officers said Officer Manasco admitted to taking the picture of Boles.  Eventually the picture was forwarded to a fifth, unnamed officer, who admits to accidentally sending it to someone outside the department. 

Internal affairs of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is looking into the matter.  It wants the cell phone records of the four police officers to determine who sent it to someone outside the department. 

An attorney representing the St. Louis Police Department said the accused officers are not being cooperative when it comes to admitting who forwarded the picture outside the department.

The officers say the phones are not department property, and they pay the bills themselves. Two of the officers say the phones are registered to family members and all say the department threatened disciplinary action if they don't turn over the records.

The matter is to be heard in federal court on Thursday. A new deadline for the officers to hand over their phone records to the police department is now Friday at noon.

 

KSDK

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