DENVER, CO (NBC) – A Denver Police Officer was arrested and suspended without pay Friday after an Internal Affairs investigation.
Officer Julian Archuleta faces charges of misdemeanor theft, 1st degree official misconduct and tampering with physical evidence.
According to an arrest affidavit, Officer Archuleta responded to a call of shots fired in the early morning hours of October 7. After a short pursuit the suspects rolled their vehicle. The driver ran away from the scene but the passenger was left unconscious in the passenger seat.
During the call Officer Archuleta was wearing a body camera. Video from the camera shows him searching the suspect’s clothing after it was removed by paramedics.
A detective collected evidence from the scene including suspected narcotics, a firearm and cash totaling $118 according to the affidavit. No $100 bills were collected and there was no mention of $100 bills in Officer Archuleta’s written report.
A detective notified the Internal Affairs Bureau after watching Archuleta’s body camera video.
After he was contacted by Internal Affairs on October 10, Officer Archuleta told a detective that he found 12 $100 bills in his war bag and that the money “must have fallen in his bag.”
He later turned that money over to Internal Affairs but declined to make a statement. Continue Reading