A Georgia police officer was fired for misusing money from a murder victim after her camera showed on the body that she accepted that $ 500 would belong to the dead man, but that it was later missing.
Keisha Richburg can be seen on the scene of a shooting on June 19 in northwest Atlanta and her personal camera records an EMT that passes on cash that, according to a witness, belonged to the man who had been shot.
The EMT later admitted that he should not have dealt with the money, but had given it to the agent when he realized what he had done.
In the video clip, the officer then places the bills in the fold of the wallet – as opposed to in the money compartment – but later it is not visible on the camera as she returns to her car.
Keisha Richburg & # 39; s body cam shows that EMT Kevin Geter is handling a purse that is believed to contain $ 500
A police statement states: & Agent Richburg transfers the victim's wallet from her right hand to her left; it is immediately clear that the money is no longer in the wallet. & # 39;
The images released on Tuesday show that Richburg gave the wallet and a cell phone to another officer at Grady Memorial Hospital where victim Jamel Harris, 29, was taken after allegedly being shot by An-Nur Green, 43, followed by an argument. But something seems to be missing.
& # 39; Agent Richburg hands over the now empty (of money) wallet to a sergeant of the murder department, & # 39; the police said about the recording.
Keisha Richburg was fired Monday by the Atlanta Police Department and is accused of lying
After an investigation by the Office of Professional Standards, it was found that Richburg required the rules on recovered property, required appropriate action, and breached truthfulness in the case of the murder near Inman Rail Yard.
EMT Kevin Geter testified as part of the internal probe: & # 39; I'm about 90% sure it was money. Because it was like that – it was kind of like – you know, like money would be folded in two. Um, and I can't imagine it's something else. & # 39;
Geter continued: & # 39; I shouldn't have tampered with it, because it was a crime scene, but it was customary not to leave the patient's money behind, so I just picked it up and then I realized what I did, so I gave it to the officer. & # 39;
He could not describe the officer he gave the wallet because he was focused on the man who was fatally wounded.
& # 39; I don't. Uh, it was one of those situations where it was a uniformed APD officer, so that was good enough for me to hand it out, & Geter continued.
The police video has been edited to facilitate viewing, but it has been reported that Richburg has stepped in and out of the patrol car several times and left the doors with unlocked doors on the 1700 block of Marietta Road.
Richburg had responded to the scene of a shooting in which Jamel Harris (right), 29, was killed
Richburg's hand with a cell phone and the wallet shows that the money no longer seems in the fold when she enters her car. She would have stepped in and out of the vehicle so many times and unlocked the doors and left the windows
Richburg hands over the portfolio to the murder investigator (left) but the money is not visible (right)
The authorities started investigating a woman who claimed she had given the wallet to the EMT related to the victim's wife and realized that the money had not been recovered. In the event of death, money is usually given to the person's family.
The woman posted it on Facebook and the police knew it might have been treated incorrectly, 11Alive reported.
One spectator told the publication that she heard Richburg say that there was & # 39; $ 500 or so & # 39; was in the wallet.
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields terminated the employment of Richburg on Monday.
They think she might have lost it and then lied about what happened to the money that was never found.
A spectator on the scene of the shooting said she heard Richburg say there was about $ 500 in the wallet
& # 39; The integrity of an agent is at the heart of what we do here every day & # 39 ;, Shields said in a statement. & # 39; It is imperative that the public have faith in our word and in our actions. It is extremely disappointing to see that the victim of a fatal shooting is twice the victim of the actions of one of our officers. & # 39;
The prosecutor of Fulton County said Wednesday that the Atlanta police are expected to forward his findings to prosecutors this week.
Richburg is planning to challenge her resignation and a union representative said the video is not decisive.
& # 39; She didn't know there was any money in it & # 39 ;, Vincent Champion, regional director of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, told NBC News on Wednesday.
& # 39; They have not proved that they had the money or had the money. We don't feel that the officer did that. & # 39;
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