Denver cop pleads guilty to stealing cash from suspect while his body camera was rolling

The Denver Post: A Denver police officer accused of recording himself with his own body camera as he stole $1,200 from a suspect’s vehicle has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 18 months probation.

Prosecutors say Julian Archuleta, 48, resigned from the Denver Police Department on Friday immediately after admitting to charges in the case. He pleaded guilty to first-degree official misconduct and second-degree theft, both Class 2 misdemeanors.

Archuleta, who had been on the force since 2004, was arrested Oct. 27, 2016, . His case was the first in which criminal charges were filed against a Denver police officer based on his body-camera footage.

On Oct. 7, Archuleta, a patrol officer in northwest Denver, assisted in the investigation after two suspects in a vehicle fired shots in the direction of two parked police vehicles. A short pursuit ensued, investigators say, ending with the suspects’ vehicle rolling over near the intersection of East 50th Avenue and Washington Street.

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