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On-duty New York City police officers get too ‘involved’ with parading civilians

13/09/2011 11:16:00 AM

by Monica Bugajski
Amateur video footage from the West-Indian American Day Carnival in New York City catches several uniformed on-duty police officers busting into dirty moves with parade marchers.

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.


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JenPosted on 13/09/2011 at 3:25 PM

Who cares?

JenNo one was taken advantage of here as the author tries to portray…these women went over the the officers…yes it wasn’t professional, but was it as bad as you described? really? far worse things going on in the world and this is what you have to write about????
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ScottPosted on 13/09/2011 at 3:31 PM

blurring the lines

ScottI think in our effort to counter cries of “police state” and “inclusion of all” we are veering from law enforcement to social services and losing the meaning of individual responsibility. Its little wonder officers have no idea what is appropriate anymore- they do not get clear direction from their “leaders” . They so much wnat to be part of the crowd that no one knows when to draw the line anymore.
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JudyPosted on 13/09/2011 at 3:38 PM

LOL

JudyPerhaps if our own police officers had of danced with the rioters at the G20, it would have been a more pleasant experience for everyone. So what the police officers were caught dancing with civilians. Big deal. At least they were dancing, and not in riot gear. Besides who says a Police Officer can’t multitask. Dance and uphold the law at the same time.
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AnonymousPosted on 13/09/2011 at 4:33 PM

Monica is a Buzz Kiler

AnonymousOnce again Monica has sought out the most negative aspects of this story to focus on. Someone get this gal some rose coloured glasses A.S.A.P. cause she is a major buzz kill when it comes to anything fun!
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AnonymousPosted on 13/09/2011 at 4:45 PM

Police officers dancing

AnonymousSimply, get a life!
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BethPosted on 13/09/2011 at 5:52 PM

Dancing Cops

BethI have no issue with the cops smiling and dancing in place with the carnival girls….better that than breaking heads. However…the hip grinding and pelvic thrust thing…too much.

There is always an idiot or two that goes too far and wrecks it for everyone else and cops are no exception.
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BillPosted on 13/09/2011 at 5:52 PM

Police dancing

BillWhile it’s probably not appropriate, this incidence of police interacting with civilians in this manner is a long way down the list of my concerns in terms of police behavior.

The most that should happen to these members is that their precinct captain should drag them into his/her office for a warning…..and they should probably cut a memo to all force members not to engage in contact with civilians in this manner while on duty.

Attention has been drawn to it, I don’t think the guys should be punished other than a warning….something that doesn’t appear in their file….and I suspect that it won’t happen again.
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NikkiePosted on 13/09/2011 at 5:54 PM

Real Journalism

NikkieWho cares if the cops were dancing. I think Monica should write about the real issues concerning police officers that are going on right now. Like how the police abused their power at G20 summits and at the one in Toronto, they arrested 1100 innocent people. Or how about when Orlando Police arrested members of ‘Orlando Food Not Bombs’, for feeding the poor, not once but multiple times. This is not real journalism. This is Monica trying to make an issue out of the police men just being human beings. It wasn’t sexual harassment, the woman went up to them. Why don’t you start writing about REAL issues Monica and keep your personal views and ideals about sleazeballs for your Facebook page.
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Lucas of LoxleyPosted on 13/09/2011 at 7:38 PM

You call yourself the 4th estate?

Lucas of LoxleyYou do realize that there are wars being fought, people starving, several elections running, not to mention the crazy weather and several other pressing issues dealing with corruption and mistreatment and you think a cop actually showing his human side and not being a stone faced prick who usually clubs down citizens as newsworthy?

The officers conduct is not unbecoming. Yours is, Monica.
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KevinPosted on 13/09/2011 at 10:35 PM

Re: Who cares?

KevinJen Posted on 13/09/2011 at 3:25 PM
No one was taken advantage of here as the author tries to portray…these women went over the the officers…yes it wasn’t professional, but was it as bad as you described? really? far worse things going on in the world and this is what you have to write about????
If I were in a group of about 3 white guys in a much larger group of black guys and I was wearing the oppressive-looking uniform of authority in their midst, I would really try my best to fit in and even if that meant looking a little innappropriate—-which it wasn’t. So stop ur whinin.
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