Buffalo Police Officer Suspended For Off-Color Vine Videos

| by Sean Kelly
Screenshot of one of Officer Richard Hy's videosScreenshot of one of Officer Richard Hy's videos

A Buffalo, New York, police officer was suspended for creating a series of Vine videos that made jokes about prison rape, stealing evidence and shooting people.

In the videos, titled "Angry Cops," officer Richard Hy would often wear his police uniform while making off-color jokes.

In one video, Hy pretended to argue with a fellow officer just after shooting a civilian.

"I'm out of vacation days," he said to the pretend officer out of frame. He then yells at the "victim."

"Shut up, I barely grazed you," he shouted.

Another video showed the officer with white powder under his nose as he claimed to have taking "a bunch of coke from the evidence locker," said WIVB.

The Angry Cops account was created shortly after Hy began working as an officer, and soon garnered more than 31,000 followers on Instagram and 18,000 on Facebook.

Hy defended his videos to the Daily News, saying that they were meant to humanize police officers during a tense time.

"Did I do anything for malice? Absolutely not," he said. "I just thought it was harmless fun.”

Hy said that the videos were essentially a "visual diary," and were meant to "show the lighter side of the job."

A California officer, who posts videos to Instagram under the name Hookem, said he knows Hy and defended his videos.

"I can tell you that there’s nobody that cares (more) about doing a good job as a cop and protecting the people of Buffalo than he does, and I think him putting his life on the line every day for the citizens of Buffalo really illustrates that," Hookem said.

The Buffalo Police Department has yet to comment on the suspension or release a statement.

Sources: WIVB, New York Daily News / Photo credit: New York Daily News  

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