The rookie NYPD cop who made headlines after grinding on a supervisor at a precinct holiday party in a viral video has reportedly found herself in another controversial situation, this time in neighboring New Jersey.
Earlier this month, Officer Vera Mekuli, 27, allegedly showed up at a north Jersey state police barracks around 2 a.m. to complain about a relative’s DUI arrest and demanded to speak with one of the troopers who charged the family member.
“You guys are talking out of your ass; none of this was done correctly,” she reportedly told a sergeant at the front desk, after identifying herself as a member of the NYPD and recording the conversation with her phone, the New York Post reported.
The encounter reportedly led to her unpaid suspension from NYPD after an internal affairs investigation.
Mekuli was allegedly “in her ‘bare feet’ and smelling like booze, according to an internal NYPD report, dated Friday, outlining her suspension,” the Post claimed. “She then began loudly demanding answers as to why her brother-in-law had just been arrested by state troopers for driving while intoxicated.”
“After a staff sergeant calmly told her he had ‘procedures to follow’ — and that the troopers would not be made available — Mekuli became irate and ‘demanded to speak with a lieutenant,’ the report says.”
Mekuli apparently declined to file a formal complaint about the bust with the state cops.
The New Jersey State Police Office of Professional Standards subsequently determined that the troopers involved in the May 8 DUI arrest abided by proper law enforcement procedures.
“However, the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau was notified of Mekuli’s alleged misconduct and opened its own investigation, relying heavily on troopers’ body-worn camera footage, says the report,” the Post added.
Mekuli, who joined the force in February 2021 and works out of the 44th Precinct in the Bronx, is still on probationary status with the NYPD.
According to the New York Daily News, troopers arrested the brother in law after they spotted him allegedly urinating on the shoulder of a highway.
Tearful rookie NYPD cop apologizes to lieutenant’s wife for holiday party lap dance, still can’t show face https://t.co/GkfN9z2hfN
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) December 26, 2021
“The New Jersey State Police did not immediately respond to a request for information about the incident, and Mekuli did not answer an email regarding her interaction with the troopers,” the Daily News noted on Saturday.
Back in December, Mekuli was caught on video giving a lap dance to a 44th Precinct NYPD lieutenant during a Yonkers, N.Y. party. She subsequently apologized for the incident.
The married officer was later transferred to subway patrol elsewhere in the Bronx.
Officer Mekuli also claimed at the time that the incident drew so much attention because she’s a woman. “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,” she insisted. “I feel like I shouldn’t be judged, or anything of that sort because of the lap dance that I did when I was off duty not in uniform,” she also said, in part.
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