A Florida police officer filmed by his own body camera robbing a driver he arrested for DUI is facing five felony charges.
Volusia County sheriff’s deputy John Braman pulled over Thomas French on Aug. 1. During French’s arrest, Braman was clearly caught on the body-cam footage rifling through his wallet.
The video showed Braman, 34, pull out two hundred dollar bills and throw them into the truck of his police cruiser before casually closing the truck and getting inside the vehicle.
According to records released Thursday by the State Attorney’s Office, Braman was charged with one count of grand theft, three counts of official misconduct and possession of the steroid stanozolol, all felonies.
Braman resigned on Jan. 30 following the release of the body-cam video and was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of petty theft.
Called a “thieving idiot” by Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwoo when the video first came to light, Braman was investigated by his department. Investigators quickly found he had exhibited similar behavior in several other cases.
After Braman’s charges were announced, Chitwoo tweeted that the former officer was nothing more than a “common thief who has no business working anywhere near law enforcement.”
“Unfortunately for the rest of us, the actions of one bad cop can undermine all the years we’ve spent trying to build trust with the people we serve,” Chitwoo wrote in the tweet.
“I hope the people of Volusia County hear me when I say we won’t tolerate behavior like this. A thieving cop deserves to go to jail just like any other criminal.”
Watch the raw footage:
According to court documents, Braman’s felony grand theft charge resulted from a disturbance call received on Jan. 2. After responding to the call, it is alleged that Braman stole at least $600 from the back pocket of Mikel “Alex” Gordon.
Interestingly, Braman’s body-cam stopped recording while he was speaking with Gordon and started recording again after the interaction was over. It showed Braman sitting in his patrol car with the cash lying on top his laptop.
Footage filmed from a back-up deputy’s body camera showed Braman counting the money. Braman said on the footage that the cash totaled just $500. According to Gordan however, he had at least $1,200 and as much as $1,500 because he was saving to purchase a car.
Gordon reportedly told investigators that he was intimidated by Braman so he didint say anything at the time of his arrest. He later received the $600 back when he was released from jail.
Braman is also accused of stealing $40 from a 72-year-old man named Willie Humphrey, who was arrested and charged with resisting an officer without violence by another deputy on Dec. 19., court documents say.
Because that officer had a K-9 in his vehicle, Humphrey was placed in Braman’s patrol car. Braman’s body camera showed him steal two $20 bills from Humphrey as he counted his money.
In February, 18 cases involving Braman were dropped by prosecutors as a result of the allegations. He now faces up to twenty five years in prison for the five felony charges.