An NYPD cop who attracted attention last year after he was filmed giving a married officer a lap dance has been suspended for allegedly trying to get in the way of the arrest of a family member.
According to reports, young police officer Vera Mekuli showed up at a New Jersey police station after her brother-in-law was arrested for alleged drunk driving.
The incident happened on May 8, and NYPD investigators suspended Mekuli on Thursday, reports the New York Daily News.
The 27-year-old will not be paid during her suspension, but there’s no word yet on how long the suspension is expected to last.
According to the Daily News, her brother-in-law was arrested on May 8 after he was allegedly seen by officers urinating along a highway.
A few hours later, around 2 a.m., Mekuli allegedly ran into the New Jersey State Police post in Totowa, barefoot and smelling of alcohol, according to a police report.
Upon arrival, she asked why the police arrested her brother-in-law and later took out her phone for officers to record while they explained the reasons for his arrest.
“Officer Mekuli immediately began to question the validity of the arrest,” says the police report, available to the media outlet.
Mekuli joined the NYPD in 2021 and worked in the city’s 44th Ward, which is located in the Bronx.
In her short career so far, the police officer has already made headlines with her behavior.
At a Christmas party in 2021, Mekuli was filmed giving a lap dance to her boss, Nick McGarry, a married lieutenant
The video shows a small group of officers dressed in holiday sweaters watching the performance and cheering.
The cop, dressed in a miniskirt, puts her behind on her boss and shakes her hips in circles to the loud music at the bar.
She then turns and sits astride one of McGarry’s legs as he places his hands on her thighs and pulls her to him.
The rookie cop continues to dance, her arms in the air while McGarry slides his hands to her small of the back, exposed through the black crop top.
The incident resulted in Lt. McGarry was transferred to another precinct in the Bronx.
Mekuli told TMZ in a video that she’s the “life of the party” and likes to “have a good time,” but apologized to the lieutenant and his family.
Mekuli says in the video she had “no knowledge” of McGarry’s marriage.
“It was supposed to be fun, shit and giggle, and, you know, I feel like I’ve completely ruined his image as a lieutenant, as a boss,” Mekuli says in the video.
While she “can’t remember” the exact situation before the lap dance, Mekuli said people said, “You’re not going to do this,” so she “took on the challenges.”
“I grabbed the lieutenant, sat him down and pretty much did a lap dance that’s now being seen worldwide.”
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