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NYPD Investigating Officers' Dirty Dancing

We're breaking from the serious news for a few minutes to bring you a bit from New York City, where a group of New York City's finest may be in hot water for having a little too much fun at the city's West Indian American Carnival parade.

A New York City police man seen dancing in a video.

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The parade happened Sept. 5, but after a video of the dancing uniformed cops was posted on the website WorldStarHipHop and then went viral on YouTube, the New York City Police Department announced today it was launching an investigation.

What's the big deal?

We won't describe the video, because the New York Post does such a good job:

Some of the string-bikini-clad dancers bend over in front of the laughing officers as the crowd cheers, the video shows.

The women then back up into the officers' crotches and rub their buttocks up against them as the cops grind in return, gleefully waving their arms in the air.

Fox News New York played the video for passersby and most agreed, what the cops were doing was inappropriate.

"He's supposed to be protecting us and he's over there getting down at the parade," one New Yorker told the local affiliate.

The Awl, which first tipped us to this story, is appalled by the investigation. It's the booty dance, they write, incredulous. "Have you ever been to a wedding where this dance move isn't executed?"

Now one piece of context that plays a role in all this is that the parade was marred by nine shootings near the parade route.

So what do you think?



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