NYPD Cops Filmed Grinding on Parade Dancers

Police get groove on weekend when 48 were shot in city; probe launched
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 13, 2011 1:32 AM CDT
Updated Sep 13, 2011 1:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – New York City officials are launching an investigation of two police officers filmed grinding against dancers in a West Indian Day parade during a weekend plagued by 48 shootings. Officers are seen pumping against the backs of shimmying dancers at the Brooklyn parade earlier this month in a just released video. While the cops were having fun, "gunfire broke out along other portions of the parade route," notes Fox News. The parade was linked to a significant number of the shootings that weekend, one of the worst for gun violence in the city.

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"It's not corruption" by the officers, a source tells the New York Daily News. "But it looks bad. It's young cops doing something stupid." But Gawker chortles that perhaps the dirty dancing was the most innocuous activities the cops could do with their time. "For the record, here is what some other officers, who were not dancing, were doing during the parade: Arresting black politicians, possibly shooting an innocent bystander," notes Gawker. "So, I don't know! Dancing sounds okay, comparatively." (Read more New York City stories.)

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