Long Island, NY -- While a Long Island house was engulfed in flames, two police officers with the Nassau County Police Department were captured on video taking a smiling selfie right in front of it. And now the neighbors are furious.
The fire, which raged on with no one trying to put it out, including the selfie-taking cops, destroyed the home. While the idea of two people taking selfies in front of a fire may not sound like that big of a deal, the idea of two public servants doing it is certainly uncalled for — and the neighbors are upset. "It's disgusting. I don't like that because it shows no concern about the people in the neighborhood," said a neighbor who asked not to be named. "People in the neighborhood just lost a house, and you're going to sit there taking selfies," he said. Both ironically and hypocritically, a non-cop was seen in the same footage attempting to take a selfie. However, he was quickly shut down by the cops — who just took a selfie. "I don't think it was appropriate for the peace officers to be behaving like that," a neighbor named Vera told NBC 4. Not surprisingly, calling themselves a 'law enforcement family,' the owners of the burning home told reporters off-camera that they were not upset with the cops gloating in front of their burning home. According to the police department, however, they don't feel the same way. "The contents of this video are very concerning to the department and are currently under investigation," the Nassau County Police Department said in a statement to NBC 4 New York. "If these officers are found to be in violation of any department rules and regulations, they will be appropriately disciplined." Again, posing for a selfie in front of a fire is something that a lot of people would have done. However, doing it in uniform while laughing is the type of unprofessional behavior that is causing so much of the divide in America today. This family was experiencing a tragedy and all the cops thought to do at that time was exploit it for a selfie.
Oddly enough, police taking tasteless selfies at the expense of victims is not that uncommon. In September of 2014, a police officer was captured on camera taking a selfie as a man leaped to his death behind him.
Two Kansas City cops were the subject of an internal investigation after they were photographed posing for photos in front of a stop sign that read, “Cops Stop Murder’n.” This selfie was particularly tasteless as it mocked all victims of police murder.
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In November, illustrating the sick nature of some police officers, a photo surfaced of a cop posing with a woman's son who died in his home. The man's mother has since come forward to demand answers as to why this sicko felt it necessary to degrade her poor son in such a disgusting manner.