West Indian Day Parade attendees are coming to the defense of the cops caught on video dirty-dancing with scantily clad parade participants.
Witnesses said the video that showed at least three police officers grabbing the women from behind and thrusting and grinding against them was taken out of context. They said the girls in the video were put up to dancing with the cops.
“Those cops were doing their job and there was an announcement: ‘All masqueraders go [dance with]those cops,’” said Patricia Taitt, 49, who said she was at the Labor Day parade. “And that’s exactly what they did.”
Jean Alexander, a spokeswoman for the West Indian Day Parade’s organizers, said she didn’t understand why there was a commotion over the video, which was posted by worldstarhiphop.com on Sunday.
“What do they do? Dance with us? Laugh with us?” Alexander said of the police officers. “They were participating. It was all in good fun for a few seconds.”
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the NYPD was investigating, but that he didn’t want to “make too much of it.”
“Those young women certainly approached the police officers,” Kelly told WOR’s “The John Gambling Show” this week.