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Buffalo officer ordered to perform community service for harassment of teen

Richard Hy, the Buffalo police officer who got in trouble for posting joke videos about police work online, was sentenced Friday on a charge that resulted from a confrontation with a teenager  last September.

Hy reportedly was off duty when he and another person came upon some teens recording music videos on Collins Avenue in the early morning of Sept. 13.

In an interview with WKBW-TV in October, one of the teens said that Hy told his 17-year-old friend to give him his phone. When the teen refused, the witness said, Hy head-butted him, then chased the fleeing victim and tried to choke him.

Hy was  charged in October with harassment and choking. Hy was sentenced Wednesday in Town Court to 50 hours of community service, fined and ordered to stay away from the teenage victim.

Hy gained notoriety earlier in 2016 when he was suspended from duty for 30 days for appearing in video routines on social media that joked about police and criminals.

After he returned to duty, he and another officer were slightly injured in April 2016 when another vehicle crashed into their patrol car at an East Side intersection. Their car was struck while they were following a third vehicle that passed a stopped school bus.

Efforts to find out Hy's current status with the Buffalo Police Department were unsuccessful.

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