NYPD cop takes $1,300 from man, pepper-sprays him in the face when he complains

A Brief cell phone video shows a New York City police officer use pepper spray on a man and his sister after they complained the cop had taken more than $1,300 during a stop-and-frisk search. Lamard Joye was stopped by police Sept. 16 in Coney Island. Reason for the stop is still unknown.

One of Joye’s friends begins recording video, posted online by the New York Daily News, that shows an officer standing face-to-face with Joye, who oustretches his arms and does not put up a fight.

The officer then reaches into Joye’s pocket and pulls out a handful of cash, and smacks his face and calls him an “asshole” when Joye asks him to return the money.

The video shows the officer squirt pepper spray at Joye, who retreats as onlookers accuse the cop of stealing his money.

Later, Marinelli said he gave the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office pay stubs and bank records to show the money was legally obtained and withdrawn, but the money still has not been returned.

Granted the “35-second-long video does not provide enough information about a police encounter to come to any conclusion about what transpired”, but it sure seems obvious the police officer was not interested in arresting anyone. So that begs the question, why did he take the guys money?

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