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Who is the lap-dancing rookie cop? Cop's dad threatens to sue NYPD over Lt Nick McGarry

'She is young. She doesn't know how but he is married, the lieutenant. He should know better. I am going to sue them,' said the father
UPDATED DEC 22, 2021
Nick McGarry was filmed smiling as a scantily-clad rookie cop gyrated on him during a Christmas party (Twitter)
Nick McGarry was filmed smiling as a scantily-clad rookie cop gyrated on him during a Christmas party (Twitter)

The New York Police Department rookie whose video of giving her married lieutenant a lap dance during a Christmas party went viral on social media has been crying non-stop over the incident, her father has revealed. Her identity has now been revealed as Vera Mekuli who joined the force this year in February. 

The rookie's father told New York Post on Monday that his daughter said: "Daddy, I made some mistake. I'm very embarrassed about what I did. I embarrassed you and my family." His daughter is 'frustrated' over the incident, the father added. "She cried and cried," he said. "She is young. She doesn't know how but he is married, the lieutenant. He should know better. I am going to sue them." 


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What happened at the Christmas party?

The incident happened at a holiday party for the employees of NYPD's 44th precinct, held at Rory Dolan's bar in Yonkers. As spectators gasped in shock, the rookie cop in a miniskirt and revealing tank top settled on the lieutenant's lap. Meanwhile, Lt. Nick McGarry, who is believed to be a married man, sits back and enjoyed the lap dance, often touching her thighs or grabbing her hips. The officer is seen smiling from ear to ear as his subordinate grinds on top of him. 


In the video, the young female cop can be seen wearing a black cut-out tank top and a checkered black-and-white miniskirt, paired with sleek thigh-high boots. As she suddenly starts grinding her superior, someone in the crowd can be heard shouting, "Oh my God!" in utter shock. Many party attendees or guests who frequent the joint were disgusted and horrified by the act. However, the act also drew loud cheers from a part of the crowd. While grinding her hips against the lieutenant's groin, the female cop also straddles him from the front. At one point, her skirt gets pulled up to even reveal her underwear as she holds McGarry's neck in a seductive pose. Later, someone jokingly hands her a wad of cash, for perfectly putting together a stripper act. McGarry stands up and hugs the subordinate after the raunchy lap dance session.

Who is the rookie cop?

McGarry, who has been with the NYPD since 2010, was disciplined after the video grabbed eyeballs and an investigation was launched into the incident. He has reportedly been reassigned to Transit District 12 in the Bronx, with an unnamed source telling the Post, that the lieutenant "knows he f***** up."  "Messing with your subordinate is a no-no on the job," the source said, adding that the rookie cop "doesn't know any better because she just came on the job. I can't even tell you how many times they tell incoming supervisors that. It sets a bad precedent."

The identity of the rookie cop was kept under wraps until December 21, including her face that had been blurred in the video that circulated on the internet. It wasn't clear if she had a disciplinary action coming after McGarry was demoted. However, a report that emerged on Tuesday said Mekuli is in the clear as it was McGarry who "f**ked up". One of the reasons her identity was kept under wraps could be because of the active investigation going on. There's another cop who Mekuli had given a lap dance to at the same party that was held at Rory Dolan's who has yet to be identified. The NYPD's silence on keeping Mekuli's identity under wraps had resulted in quite an outrage on social media. "Someone please explain why the identity of the #cop giving lap dances to her boss and others is concealed, while he and his wife are public? And what is her father going to sue for? #NYC #NickMcGarry #Police #MeToo #policenews #Arrest #Trending #antifa," one Twitter user named Truth And Justice asked.