The Nassau County police department could sanction two policemen who were seen in a short video clip taking a selfie together while a house in front of them was being razed by fire.
According to the Nassau County Police Department, the police officers had been called to the suburb in Uniondale, New York, on Thursday, regarding a house on house fire.
In a video that was first published by NBC New York, the two unnamed police officers can be seen taking a picture while a fire burned vehemently on a building right behind them.
Reports say the Nassau County police department did not take the video with a pinch of salt.
Acting Police Commissioner, Thomas Krumpter said:
“The contents of this video are very concerning to the department and are currently under investigation. If these officers are found to be in violation of any department rules and regulations, they will be appropriately disciplined,”
President of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, James Carver, a union representing police officers, reportedly told NBC New York that the union will not comment on an ongoing internal investigation. Calls made to Carver were not answered or returned.
Nassau County legislator Kevan Abrahams, heavily criticized the video, telling NBC New York that it shows “the lowest level of professionalism.”
A neighbor however, opposed Abraham’s argument; Emma Zaccarini (the neighbor) told NBC New York that she does not believe the officers should be punished, because they helped her get out of her home. The 86-year-old woman who uses a wheelchair lives next door to the house that caught fire.
However, another unnamed neighbor said: “It’s disgusting, I don’t like that, because it shows no concern about the people in the neighborhood.”
The fire which occurred in the single-family home on Dale Place in Uniondale was reported just after 3 p.m. Thursday, according to the police department. No one was injured in the fire, the cause of which remains unclear.
As of the time of writing this article, the names of the officers are yet to be released to the press.