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NYPD video shows officer swiping more than $1,000 cash off man

"Why you gonna take my money?" Joye shouted at the officers.

By Aileen Graef
NYPD video shows officer swiping more than $1,000 cash off man
NYPD investigating officer accused of stealing money from man. (File/UPI/John Angelillo) | License Photo

NEW YORK, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The NYPD is investigating after one of its officers was caught on video taking money during stop-and-frisk of Brooklyn man Lamard Joye.

Joye was walking with his sister when they were stopped by officers who took a wad of cash that Joye claimed amounted to $1,300.

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"Why you gonna take my money?" said Joye while an onlooker instructed him to get the officer's badge number.

"One of the most disturbing things about the video is the other cops standing around watching and doing nothing to stop the wrongdoing," said lawyer Robert Marinelli. "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."

Both Joye and his sister were then pepper sprayed as they tried to retrieve his money. The cash is unaccounted for and the NYPD is investigating.

"As a result of the allegations, the matter is under investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau and the CCRB," said the NYPD in a statement. They did not disclose whether he was still on the streets.

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