The NYPD rookie who was caught on tape giving her lieutenant a raunchy lap dance has been suspended with out pay for launching right into a loud tirade at New Jersey state troopers over a relative’s drunk driving arrest.
The newest blemish throughout Vera Mekuli’s law-enforcement career occurred May 8, after she confirmed up at state police barracks in Totowa, NJ, in her “bare feet” and smelling like booze, in keeping with an inner NYPD report, dated Friday, outlining her suspension.
She then started loudly demanding solutions as to why her brother-in-law had simply been arrested by state troopers for driving whereas intoxicated.
Mekuli, 27, recognized herself as an NYPD officer and insisted on talking with one of many troopers concerned within the arrest.
After a employees sergeant calmly instructed her he had “procedures to follow” — and that the troopers wouldn’t be made out there — Mekuli turned irate and “demanded to speak with a lieutenant,” the report says.
The rookie cop, who joined the drive in February 2021, then started recording the employees sergeant with her sensible cellphone and quipped, “you guys are talking out of your ass; none of this was done correctly.”
The troopers requested if anybody in Mekuli’s celebration wished to file a grievance, however no person did. They did report the incident to the New Jersey State Police Office of Professional Standards, which reviewed the case and located the troopers adopted correct procedures.
However, the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau was notified of Mekuli’s alleged misconduct and opened its personal investigation, relying closely on troopers’ body-worn digicam footage, says the report.
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed the cop was suspended with out pay however declined to say how lengthy.
Mekuli couldn’t instantly be reached for remark Saturday.
Mekuli made headlines in December when she caught on digicam grinding on high of then-Forty fourth Precinct Lt. Nick McGarry within the Yonkers bar throughout a vacation bash.
Days later, she apologized to her boss and his spouse — however insisted the video wouldn’t have gone viral “had it been a man doing it.”
“I feel like just because, mainly — I’m a female, dressed the way I was, being a rookie — things were different,” Mekuli told TMZ. “Had it been a man doing it, I feel like it would have been more of a joking matter and it would have stayed in-house versus go public the way it did with me.”
Mekuli additionally claimed she “had no knowledge” that her superior was married and is “truly sorry” for the results of the lap dance, which prompted police brass to reassign McGarry from the Bronx precinct to subway patrol.