NYPD Officer Caught On Camera Stealing $1,300 From Man’s Pocket During Stop And Frisk.
(Opposing Views) An NYPD officer allegedly stole $1,300 from a man during a stop and frisk, and now, video of the shocking incident has been released.
Lamard Joye was celebrating his birthday with his friends and his sister Lateefah Joye, a professional basketball player in Europe, when the officers approached them for a random search. One officer reaches into Joye’s pocket and takes out a wad of cash totaling $1,300.
“Give me my money,” says Joye to the officer.
“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,” said Joye’s lawyer Robert Marinelli. “This assumption was wrong. Mr. Joye is a hardworking taxpayer. An incident like this would never occur in a more affluent section of the city.”
In the clip, the officer can be seen pulling out a bottle of pepper spraying and spraying Joye in the face. When Joye’s sister, the professional basketball player, complains about the money being taken, the officer pepper sprays her, too.
“I went to get his badge number and name,” Lateefah Joye said to NY Daily News. “I leaned over to see his badge. He pushed me away. I saw a two and a one and that’s when he pepper-sprayed me in my mouth and my whole face.”
Can we stop assuming that police are always honest and admit that people complaining about abuse might possibly be telling the truth? If there wasn’t video of this, rightwingers would be insisting that Lamard and Lateefah were “thugs” who were just getting what they deserved.
We need to acknowledge that the police version of events is no more trustworthy than those accused of crime. The cop crime wave is real and it’s not going to go away if we ignore it.
Ask the Joyes; their encounter with police wasn’t substantially different from an encounter with a street gang. And if there wasn’t video, no one would believe them, because cops use racial profiling to disguise their crimes.