Two Metropolitan police officers have been found guilty of gross misconduct on Nov. 24 for sharing photos of murdered sisters and referring to them as “dead birds” on WhatsApp.
Serving officer Jamie Lewis and former officer Deniz Jaffer admitted to taking and sharing photos of the bodies of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman after they were murdered in June 2020.
At the misconduct hearing, a police constable dismissed Lewis without notice and would have dismissed Jaffer if he was still serving.
Jaffer had resigned in August following the pair’s arrest in June 2020.
Both officers will face sentencing on Dec. 6.
Both officers will also be added to the Barred List held by the College of Police to prevent them from being employed into policing.
The Metropolitan’s Directorate of Professional Standards was informed of the officers’ actions on June 17, 2020, prompting an investigation.
The investigation found that officers had been assigned to guard the crime scene in Fryent Country Park, Wembley on June 8, 2020. But they left their posts and took photos of the victims and the crime scene using their mobile phones.
Lewis sent a photo of the dead sisters in a police WhatsApp group with the message, “Unfortunately, I’m sat next to two dead birds with stab wounds.”
Lewis also took a “selfie style” photo with the victims in the background and sent it to Jaffer.
Jaffer also referred to the murdered woman as “two dead birds” when he later messaged a WhatsApp group that included members of the public.
Both officers failed to report each others’ criminal conduct.
Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball, who chaired the hearing, described the officers’ behavior as “shameful and fell very far below the standards we expect of all our officers.”
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