A dad was horrified after police "desecrated" his murdered two-year-old daughter's ashes while claiming to search for drugs in the urn.
Dartavius Barnes was driving in Springfield, Illinois, US, when he was pulled over by police and told them he had marijuana, which is legal to possess in the state if weighing under 30g.
The officers then put him in handcuffs and proceeded to search the rest of his car for drugs, including his young daughter's urn.
In the bodycam footage, the police show Barnes, who was cooperating, a metallic container with what they suspect contains "drugs", leaving him horrified.
The distressed dad starts crying out: "No, no, no, bro, that's my daughter."
"What ya'll doing, bro? That's my daughter!"
He then begged: "Give me that, bro. That's my daughter.
"Please give me my daughter, bro. Put her in my hand, bro. Y'all are disrespectful, bro."
He reached out for the urn, but the door of the cruiser was closed.
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One of the officers then opened the door and said "I believe you" and apologised, before promising to return the urn.
Later on the police joked about how they have "p***** off'" the grieving dad by "testing the dead baby ashes", reports Mail Online.
Barnes is now suing the City of Springfield and claimed police officers "desecrated his daughter's ashes" during the incident in April last year.
He also alleged that some of his daughter's ashes were spilled.
Barnes is seeking compensatory damages from the city and a judge has set a jury trial for August 2022.
His little girl, called Ta'Naja, was murdered by her mother T'wanka Davis and her mother's then-partner Anthony Myers who are now serving 20 and 30-year prison sentences respectively.
Ta'Naja was found lifeless in a urine-soaked blanket at her home in Decatur in 2019 and an autopsy showed she died from dehydration, malnourishment, neglect, and the cold.
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