FULL DISCLOSURE: I was THIS close to becoming a police officer.
Back when radio and news weren’t paying too well, I spent six years working as a police dispatcher in North Texas. Even taught a little self-defense. However, PR was calling me and I answered. Nonetheless, I love those boys and girls in blue.
No one really knows what those civil heroes deal with on a daily basis. In most cases, the folk who cause drama for the police simply suck. That said, when I see different videos like the one after the jump — which allegedly shows an NYPD officer stealing $1,300 from a suspect — I want to forget all of that.
Thanks to a story from the New York Post, we found out about a probe from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office regarding the case of Lamard Joye.
Joye, 35, was celebrating his birthday with a few friends until the NYPD showed up and Joye decided to start yelling. That was his mistake, but what followed was a touch worse…and possibly felonious.
An officer approached Joye, frisks him briefly, and yanks a wad of cash from the dude’s pocket. No knowledge as to why he was walking around after hours with so much cash in his pocket…but does that matter?
After Joye yelled “Gimme my money, man,” the officer pepper-sprayed him and his sister for good measure. From a lawyer:
“One of the most disturbing things about the video is the other cops standing around watching and doing nothing to stop the wrongdoing. I believe that this officer made an assumption that any money Mr. Joye possessed was obtained illegally and therefore he would not report the theft. This assumption was wrong. Mr. Joye is a hardworking taxpayer deserving respect.”
Too bad that respect hasn’t gotten his money back. Maybe this video will help.