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NYPD Cops Dance Dirty at Parade

Several New York City police officers dance with community members during the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

September 13, 2011

Comments (23)

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Brad @ 9/13/2011 3:04 PM

They would be fired at my dept for that outrageous behavior! wow...

GP Cobb @ 9/13/2011 3:16 PM

No Blood, No Foul, NO Harm done, Dance on, IMO

Luke Bryant @ 9/13/2011 3:27 PM

Don't be hard on police just joining in the fun of the day - very much in public. Think more of the great work they do in protecting you when you need help. Too often, we judge others, not ourselves.

Big Easy 593 (Ret.) @ 9/13/2011 3:35 PM

Finally!! A commish with a sense of humor.Look at it as great PR as

well as a little fun with the crowd.Reminds me of past Mardi Gras in

the French Quarter.However,I don't think the rank would have approved of such participation.But as they say,a good time was had by all!

Stay safe,brothers & sisters!

Liz @ 9/13/2011 3:53 PM

That's called community policing. The departments say they want officers to make friends with the citizens and cultivate relationships. They did nothing wrong. Police officers just can't win these days.

Wyatt @ 9/13/2011 3:53 PM

They're there to work, not enjoy the party. This is embarrassing and disgracing their uniform.

Dennis @ 9/13/2011 4:40 PM

Yikes! Was the NYPD's version of a patdown search? I'm all for having a good time, but when we put on a uniform we have an obligation to our profession to act appropriately.

Walt @ 9/13/2011 6:42 PM

Community Policing. Good police building relationships with members of the community. Hats off to the chief for standing by his guys and not just out to fry them just to make others happy and be politically correct. That being said, I would definately be fired for that in my department.

Caroline @ 9/13/2011 8:27 PM

In my opinion, the behavior was inappropriate. I am all for police officers to enjoy a festive occasion, but the appearance of that officer looked more like he was humping the native dancers, not dancing!

steve law @ 9/14/2011 6:06 AM

Although some of it was a bit over the top, the concept of showing a group of people that you have an understanding, appreciation, or love of their culture is one of the greatest compliments you can pay them. Had the officers stood stone faced while the dancers performed, it would have only served to drive a wedge between the people and the officers. I believe a (respectful) degree of participation by the officers brings them closer to the community. I salute any officer who is able to enjoy the festivities and celebrations that he was not necessarily raised with.

Buzz Cut @ 9/14/2011 7:00 AM

Oh come on, they were just in the spirit of community service. Sure they could of stood there like statues, but they are involved not stuck up like some of the comments here. Be involved, they did no harm, maybe got closer to the community.

Chief @ 9/14/2011 7:39 AM

The newest generation of youth have the lowest morals of any in American history, so it's natural that some of these dirtbags will end up in policing--especially in large departments like NYPD where minority hiring--which ensures even lower moral standards--is rampant. Unpopular and non-PC but true. I'd fire any of my officers participating in such behavior.

nyg @ 9/14/2011 7:45 AM

Steve's comment is a tribute to him-I hope he's in law enforcement. It's the decent, approachable people INSIDE the uniform that make the uniform. Those who talk about "The uniform" too often endorse authoritarian or abusive or sarcastic cops-the people who REALLY damage the profession.

Chief @ 9/14/2011 7:50 AM

Steve law: you are 100% WRONG! Police officers must be ABOVE the riff-raff we encounter--not join them. Such public behavior--where people simulate coitus in public-- is not simply "the culture they grew up in" that is dirtbag behavior that would have landed them in jail when I began this job 30 years ago. They must rise to our standards--not we sink to theirs. That's why we have so much under-class crime and social problems, because they behave as if no morals existed. Cops must be above this, at least while working.

Chief @ 9/14/2011 8:03 AM

nyg: you have no idea what makes a professional or our profession. Your "opinions" would turn American policing into what New Orleans experienced for so long. The low common-denominator in behavior cannot be allowed to rule in our profession.

Chief @ 9/14/2011 8:06 AM

Buzz Cut: you are right there beside nyg: unprofessional public behavior is disgraceful and only earns "brownie-points" with the licentious, criminal underclass we must remain clean from.

Tschako @ 9/14/2011 10:15 AM

Hey! It was a hell of a lot better than most times that Police face a black crowd. They also didn't have much choice; they couldn't retreat.
Dancing traffic directors have never been a problem, so this "community involvement" shouldn't be one either.

Tom @ 9/14/2011 4:31 PM

How dare they have fun!

Tom Ret @ 9/14/2011 5:27 PM

different Tom than previous poster-

I can see why Kelly said what he said at this time. He no doubt has bigger issues such as terrorist threats etc to be concerned about. I read his response as guys, you are not acting real professional here but I'm not going to publicly discipline you for it. Outside of New York it is likely to look unprofessional and chiefs outside of New York would not view it favorably or buy the spin of fitting in with the culture to further community policing. Stick with the clapping and smiling and skip the
bump and grind. A cop in Calif decided he would take off his uniform and join the hot tub party. I should say ex Calif officer.

Kevin O'Brien @ 9/15/2011 10:48 PM

Wow! Talk about Community Oriented Policing!

flashbang @ 9/16/2011 7:40 AM

Unbelievable to me! I would stap a knot in these knuckleheads that would sting for a while. We have to maintain our ethical and moral high ground with a no-tolerance policy. This stinks!

Bruce @ 9/24/2011 8:52 PM

Very sad to see officers acting in such an unprofessional manner. Even if this was appropriate dancing (and not the simulated sex act it actually was) it had nothing to do with protecting and serving. As for professionalism, could anyone imagine a Marine guard stepping away from his post to dance with a citizen? It would be a disgrace and result in their discipline. Should we be less professional as LEOs?

Jackson @ 9/28/2011 12:15 PM

Reminds me of a 2 live crew video.

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