Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Tuesday he didn’t want to make “too much” of a video showing cops dirty-dancing with scantily clad parade-goers at the West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day.
In the two-and-a-half minute video, purportedly taken at the often-raucous Crown Heights parade, at least three cops are seen grabbing nearly nude women from behind and thrusting up against them while others cheered. The video was uploaded to worldstarhiphop.com on Sunday.
But in an interview Tuesday, Kelly didn’t seem angry with the cops, pointing out that they were encouraged by the crowd to dance.
“Those young women certainly approached the police officers,” Kelly told WOR’s “The John Gambling Show,” adding “I’d prefer it didn’t happen but I don’t want to make too much of it.”
“They are unique, they are unusual,” Kelly said of the West Indian Day Parade, adding that he has gone to about 30 of them. “You kind of get caught up in the spirit of it. It’s a quite unusual parade.”
The officers in the video have not been identified.
This year’s parade was marred by at least two shootings along its Eastern Parkway route that left several people wounded. After it ended, two officers were shot nearby and three others died.