Monday, October 31, 2016

Denver police officer's body camera 'caught him stealing $1,200 from a suspect privateofficer.com

This undated photo provided by the Denver Police Department shows Julian Archuleta, a Denver police officer filmed by his own body camera stealing $1,200 from a suspect at a crime scene

Denver CO Oct 31 2016 A Denver police officer was arrested on Friday after he was filmed by his own body camera while stealing $1,200 from a suspect at a crime scene.
Julian Archuleta, a 48-year-old officer, is seen in the footage taking cash from the suspect's clothing after it was removed by paramedics during an Oct. 7 shooting investigation, according to an arrest affidavit.
The officer had been called to take photographs of the scene and the suspect's vehicle, which had crashed during a pursuit.
Archuleta's body camera was on for more than 24 minutes as he searched the suspect's car and clothing. It shows him finding a stack of cash with a $100 bill on top, according to the arrest report.
This undated photo provided by the Denver Police Department shows Julian Archuleta, a Denver police officer filmed by his own body camera stealing $1,200 from a suspect at a crime scene
This undated photo provided by the Denver Police Department shows Julian Archuleta, a Denver police officer filmed by his own body camera stealing $1,200 from a suspect at a crime scene
When it came time for Archuleta to take inventory of the evidence,  he did not note that there was a $100 bill, even though another detective had already written down recorded it as evidence.
When investigators viewed Archuleta's body cam footage, they saw him stealing the cash.
Archuleta faces charges of theft, official misconduct and tampering with physical evidence.
He was being held in jail Friday.
Archuleta, on the job since 2004, has been suspended without pay, police officials said.
The department refused to release the body camera footage, citing it as evidence in the ongoing criminal case.
After Archuleta was called into internal affairs, he contacted a police union representative to let him know he was being investigated for theft.
The police report says he offered to 'check his war bag' to make sure the missing money hadn't slipped into a crevice in the suspect's car.
Archuleta contacted the union representative again an hour later to say he had found $1,200 that 'must have fallen in his bag,' the report says.

He then turned the money over to internal affairs but refused to speak to investigators.

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