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09-14-2011 01:44 PM
On-duty New York City police officers get too ‘involved’ with parading civilians
13/09/2011 11:16:00 AM
by Monica Bugajski
At the recent West Indian-American Day Carnival in New York City, a festival onlooker videotaped uniformed police officers getting way too close and comfortable with scantily clad women.
From what I can tell after having seen the short video, it seems that the on-duty officers are supposed to be keeping the peace and making sure that the crowd doesn’t spill over. The video, however, captures women in festive costumes dancing up to the officers, bending over in front of them, and grinding onto them. The officers at first seem reluctant to join in, and they dance awkwardly in place. But as more women grind up against the men in uniform and as the cheers from the crowd grow wilder, the officers seem to let the music and fun get the better of their judgment.
I can imagine that for someone who hasn’t been to a bar or club in a very long time or for someone who doesn’t watch music videos, the bump-and-grind moves seem pretty explicit and shocking in and of themselves. But if you are accustomed to such dancing, as is popular amongst a younger generation, the video, at first, isn’t all that unsettling. I showed it to a fair amount of people who initially laughed and thought, like the onlookers at the parade, that some of these officers move surprisingly well.
It isn’t until one of the policemen appears to what I can only describe as “mount” one of the women (26 seconds in) that you begin to feel perturbed, and when another officer almost knocks a girl over with his pelvic thrusts (1 min and 6 seconds in), it really hits you how entirely inappropriate the behavior is.
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It’s sleazy enough to see these kinds of aggressively intense sexual dance moves performed by civilians, but seeing them done by fully uniformed on-duty police officers is just plain gross.
Some could argue that the officers in the video were trying to connect with the public and earn their trust by joining in on the fun. People at the parade were, after all, giving them high fives and encouraging the dancing through cheers. Maybe if the police were just moving in place to the music and dancing by themselves, I could understand that argument. But how many of us are really going to respect and listen to someone who has just grabbed the hips of a woman and knocked his pelvis into her repeatedly?
The behavior is pretty outrageous given the fact that the U.S. is one of, if not the most litigious society in the world. Someone could easily interpret the situation as a form of sexual harassment. The police are in no way shape or form ever supposed to sexualize the public. These officers would never dream of dancing with a woman in a police station in the same manner, and since their workplace extends into the public arena, they need to conduct themselves appropriately.
The only reason the police were even at the festival in the first place was to preserve public discipline, but as seen in the tape, they were the ones causing the distraction that hindered their work. The dancing evoked an uproar of excitement from the already wild crowd. It could have easily escalated into the type of pandemonium that they were there to prevent.
All in all, the police in the video were not acting like men capable of keeping the peace or men worthy of respect. They were acting like the kinds of sleazeballs most of us try to avoid.