Nick McGarry, a New York City police lieutenant, is the subject of an internal investigation after a leaked video appeared to show a junior officer giving him a lap dance at an office party, according to reports.
An unnamed police source submitted the video to the New York Post Sunday, and it depicted Lt. McGarry receiving an erotic dance from another officer. Her identity could not be established, though she is relatively new to the department, the newspaper said.
Report: NYPD Lt. Nick McGarry Got Lap Dance
According to the source, McGarry and the rookie officer were at Rory Dolan’s bar in Yonkers on Thursday for a holiday party for members of the Bronx’s 44th precinct.
The video shows a woman with a blurred face giving a lap dance to a smiling man in the middle of what appears to be a bar, as the other patrons — reportedly NYPD officers — clear the floor and look on. Another seems to show the same dance filmed from a different angle, dancing and grinding on the same man, claimed to be McGarry.
A third shows the same woman dancing with a different bar patron in a different room, the newspaper said.
The police source told the newspaper that department administrators are “furious,” and that an investigation is underway. McGarry was reportedly reassigned to a new unit, while the status of the junior officer is unclear.
The anonymous source said police have not interrogated McGarry or the other officer as of Sunday. Both of their phones were turned off and their voicemail boxes were not accepting messages that morning, the report added.
After the video was leaked, a spokesperson for the NYPD confirmed to reporters they were investigating the incident. Both the police union and the union for senior officers declined to comment on the matter, the newspaper wrote.
It was not immediately clear how long Nick McGarry has been with the department or the 44th precinct, which covers about two miles of southwest Bronx and includes Grand Concourse, Bronx Terminal Market, and Yankee Stadium.
McGarry appeared to be working in the nearby 42nd precinct in 2017, when he was admitted to the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association, an official social media post shows.
According to 50-A.org, a database of complaints against New York City police officers, an officer named Nicholas A. McGarry working the 44th precinct was the subject of six allegations, including three involving use-of-force, all filed on the same day in March, 2018. A city-run webpage claims that all six complaints against McGarry were found “unsubstantiated” by a civilian review board.
A Similar Complaint in the NYPD
Thursday’s raunchy episode isn’t the first time in recent memory that New York police officers came under fire for overstepping professional boundaries.
In May, NYPD sources told reporters that Sgt. Marcy Velez of the 45th precinct — right up the street from McGarry’s post — had carried on an affair with his assigned driver, a junior officer in her 20s who had just graduated from the police academy.
The unnamed sources claimed the younger officer wanted to break off the affair, but that she had become pregnant with Marcy’s child and “felt trapped.”
An investigation uncovered the affair but found that the couple hadn’t violated department policy. According to reports, sources said the NYPD has no rule against senior officers dating their subordinates — it’s only “frowned upon.”