VIDEO: Officer Fired After Allegedly Stealing Cash From Murder Victim's Wallet

An EMT tucked the cash into the wallet and handed it to Atlanta Police Officer Keisha Richburg, bodycam footage showed.

Atlanta, GA – An Atlanta police officer was fired by her department on Monday for allegedly stealing $500 from a murder victim’s wallet (video below).

The incident occurred on June 19, after now-former Atlanta Police Officer Keisha Richburg responded to the scene of a shooting in northwest Atlanta, NBC News reported.

The victim, 29-year-old Jamel Harris, later died at a hospital from a gunshot wound to his head.

While at the scene, an emergency medical technician (EMT) tucked cash back into Harris’ wallet and handed it over to Officer Richburg, who subsequently placed it into her patrol car, bodycam footage showed.

The EMT later told investigators that the money had been handed to him by a bystander, who said the cash was Harris’.

A short while later, Officer Richburg announced that she was going to follow the ambulance to the hospital.

But after she got into the patrol vehicle, the officer’s bodycam briefly captured her moving the victim’s wallet from her right hand to her left hand.

“It is readily apparent the money is no longer tucked inside the wallet,” the Atlanta Police Department said, according to NBC News.

When Officer Richburg arrived at the hospital, she handed the wallet – minus the victim’s cash – to a homicide unit sergeant.

Richburg was fired by Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields on Monday.

"Officer integrity goes to the heart of what we do here every single day," Chief Shields said in a statement, according to NBC News. "It's imperative the public have trust in our word and our actions. It's extremely disappointing to see the victim of a fatal shooting be victimized twice by the actions of one of our officers."

The Atlanta Police Department (APD) said it was unable to determine what Richburg did with the cash, but that it was clear she had “violated the department’s recovered property, truthfulness and appropriate action required rules,” WGAL reported.

“As a result, she was terminated,” the APD said.

International Brotherhood of Police Officers union regional director Vincent Champion said that Richburg is appealing her firing, and that she wants to return to the force.

“She didn’t know the money was in there,” Champion told NBC News on Wednesday.

He said that the bodycam footage is inconclusive, and that it does not prove that Richburg stole anything from the murder victim.

“I don’t think she stole money,” Champion told WSB. “Was it misplaced? Could it have fallen out if something happened? Sure, but I don’t think you’re dealing with a police officer that stole money for their own personal gain.”

"They haven't proven that she had the money or took the money," he reiterated, according to NBC News. "We don't feel the officer did that."

Richburg worked for the APD for two-and-one-half years, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The findings of APD’s investigation will be forwarded to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office this week, NBC News reported.

You can watch the former officer’s bodycam footage in the video below:

Comments (34)
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JBo
JBo

You come into this world with only your name. When you leave this world you'll only take your name. Hopefully by then you will have earned respect and honor because that's what people will remember. In this officer's case...FAIL.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

She needs to be charged. Dirty cops are criminals of the worst kind. Especially now, with the war on cops in full swing. Granted she is a double-minority, being black and female, but you can't treat her with kid gloves because of that. She needs to be charged and return the 300 with a punitive fine as well. The video is clear and no amount of bullcrap can convince me it somehow got lost between it being handed to her and missing when checked into the evidence lockup.

Notajoker
Notajoker

Nation wide departments to lower their hiring standards.

What else do you expect?

LEO0301
LEO0301

I agree the video is not conclusive, so give her a polygraph.

skidrowvet
skidrowvet

Maybe someone can enlighten me - but what's up with the cellphone? I've been out of the job for 10 years so maybe I'm missing something?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This is a part of the reason why police need to be video'ing at all times when on duty. On the clock = bodycam and dashcam on. So glad they caught this scoundrel -- maybe she will testify against co-conspirators in exchange for immunity.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

She wasn't terminated for stealing the money; she was terminated for failing to follow department policies regarding recovered property. Maybe she stole the money, maybe she didn't; don't know, don't really care if she knew there was money in it in the first place.

the wallet had money in it when it was turned over to her, and didn't when she gave it to the homicide Sgt. everything in the wallet was her responsibility. since she failed to do that, her terminated is warranted.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

So where does it imply she stole anything? Let me guess, because she was the one holding it in the video right? I’m not saying she didn’t or did steal it, but it says she’s already fired for “allegedly stealing cash”. If it’s true, that is an embarrassment to the badge, if it’s not true, I hope she gets her job back with retro.

Kajkey
Kajkey

Video doesn’t show anything of value?!

61mouse
61mouse

She should fired for wearing that color nail polish .

61mouse
61mouse

That's why when money is involved it's always counted by the receiver and giver on paper. Each time the wallet past hands

RB2207
RB2207

She "didn't know the money was in the wallet"? yet she watched the EMT put the money in the wallet and had an exchange of words about the money in the wallet with the EMT. "Not proven she had the money"? yet her body cam shows the wallet being handed to her immediately after the exchange of words with the EMT about the money. I wonder how many other times she has done this.

Andrewfurb44
Andrewfurb44

I also agree, the video is inconclusive. The ambulance attendant may have pulled the cash out just before he gave it to her. No where did I see that there was any cash in the wallet. Why would she jeopardize her career for such a paltry sum of money. She needs to be given the benefit of the doubt.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Not surprised she is black..and those fingernails? How can you police with those nails?

tfort
tfort

Did we find that "bad apple" cop?

RunCop
RunCop

Keisha...what had you done did?