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Who is Vera Mekuli? Rookie NYPD cop filmed giving a lap dance to Lt Nick McGarry identified

Mekuli is a CUNY alum who spent five years working as a real estate agent before accepting a job with the police force in February 2021.
UPDATED DEC 22, 2021
NYPD's lapdancing rookie cop has been identified as Vera Mekuli (Daily Mail/LinkedIn)
NYPD's lapdancing rookie cop has been identified as Vera Mekuli (Daily Mail/LinkedIn)

Earlier this month, a shocking video emerged from the 44th Bronx precinct of the New York Police Department that featured Lt. Nick McGarry. He sat in a chair smiling ear to ear while a woman grinded on top of him in a chequered mini skirt. The video managed to spark a huge outcry on social media platforms leading to the matter being investigated. McGarry was reassigned after the incident but no information could be found about the unidentified woman whose face was blurred in the footage that made it online, until December 21 when she was finally identified as CUNY alum Vera Mekuli. 

One day before her identity reveal, reports emerged stating Mekuli was constantly crying ever since the video surfaced online. The rookie cop's father spoke to New York Post on Monday and said that his daughter confessed, "Daddy, I made some mistake. I'm very embarrassed about what I did. I embarrassed you and my family." He said Mekuli was "frustrated" over the incident and "she cried and cried." He further added, "She is young. She doesn't know how but he is married, the lieutenant. He should know better. I am going to sue them." Mekuli's colleagues mirrored his father's sentiments and believed she didn't need to be disciplined because her superiors were wrong in this situation.


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Vera Mekuli's NYPD photo (Daily Mail)

Who is Vera Mekuli?

Vera Mekuli, a Bronx native has finally been uncovered as the lap dancing cop. She joined the NYPD in February this year and earns $42,5000 annually. Prior to joining the force, she worked as a real estate agent with Nest Seekers International and Douglas Elliman Real Estate, both in the Greater New York City Area. Mekuli defines herself as a "highly motivated and determined individual". Adding to that, she writes, "I tend to go after what I want and I don't stop until I get it; if I am to fail, I pick myself up and try again!" Mekuli's bio on LinkedIn further states, "Success does not come without failure. I've learned at a very young age that success/wealth/opportunities isn't just given or handed to you, it is earned; earned by hard work and time you put in. I have tackled every task, every obstacle, that came before me." 

In conclusion, she quotes Britain's prime minister Winston Churchill, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Mekuli studied at the David A. Stein Academy before joining John Jay College at CUNY to study criminal justice and police science. She graduated in 2018. Coming back to the party, it is now revealed to have been held at Rory Dolan's bar in New York on December 16. Mekuli was seen grinding her behind on McGarry's lap while he say in a chair and held his thighs and by his waist at some point in the video. 

McGarry has now been sent to serve in Transit District 12 in the Bronx, a Daily Mail report states. However, Mekuli seems to be in the clear for now as her subordinates believe it's McGarry who "f**ked up". An unnamed source said, "Messing with your subordinate is a no-no on the job" while adding that Mekuli "doesn't know any better because she just came on the job." She is said to have offered another man a lap dance that night, an officer who is not identified yet. However, a detective close to McGarry and Mekuli said, "She shouldn't be disciplined at all. She's a rookie and was trying to get cool points. Nick should have known better, being in a position of power."