The NYPD freshman, who was caught on video giving her lieutenant a raunchy lap dance, was suspended without pay for launching a loud tirade against the New Jersey State Troopers over the arrest of a relative for drunk driving.
The latest blemish in Vera Mekuli’s career as a law enforcement officer occurred on May 8 after she showed up “barefoot” and smelling of alcohol at the state police barracks in Totowa, New Jersey, according to an internal NYPD report Friday outlining her was suspension.
Then she began clamoring for answers as to why her brother-in-law had just been arrested by state officers for drunk driving.
Mekuli, 27, identified herself as an NYPD officer and insisted on speaking with one of the officers involved in the arrest.
After a staff sergeant calmly told her he had “procedures to follow” – and that the soldiers would not be made available – Mekuli became furious and “demanded to speak to a lieutenant,” the report said.
The rookie cop, who joined the force in February 2021, then began recording the staff sergeant with her smartphone and quipped, “You guys are talking off the hook; None of this was done right.”
The police asked if anyone in Mekuli’s group wanted to file a complaint, but no one did. They reported the incident to the New Jersey State Police Office of Professional Standards, which reviewed the case and found that officers were following proper procedures.
However, the NYPD’s Bureau of Internal Affairs was briefed on Mekuli’s alleged wrongdoing and launched its own investigation, relying heavily on the soldiers’ body-worn camera footage, the report said.
An NYPD spokesman confirmed the officer was suspended without pay, but declined to say for how long.
Mekuli could not immediately be reached for comment on Saturday.
Mekuli made headlines in December when, during a holiday celebration at the Yonkers bar, she saw a camera shot on then-Lt. Nick McGarry of the 44th Precinct dragged.
Days later, she apologized to her boss and his wife – but insisted the video wouldn’t have gone viral “if it had been a man”.
“I feel like, mostly because I’m a woman, dressed as I was, I’m a beginner — things were different,” Mekuli told TMZ. “Had a man done it, I think it would have been more of a hoax and it would have stayed indoors rather than going public like it did for me.”
Mekuli also claimed she “had no idea” her boss was married and is “really sorry” for the aftermath of the lap dance that prompted police to move McGarry from the Bronx borough to the subway patrol to move.
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