Nine rookie Port Authority cops had a graduation party that got so drunken and wild that it turned into a going away party.
The nine cops were part of a class of Port Authority Police officers who decided to go to the Texas Arizona Bar and Grill in Hoboken, New Jersey, to celebrate their newfound admittance to the force. But instead, the group got wild, jumping behind the bar and ignoring their superior officers who showed up to try to cool things off.
The incident happened back in August, following a police academy graduation ceremony at Dunn Sport Center in Elizabeth. Authorities said the group was loud and inappropriate, with at least one of them grabbing a woman’s backside and another hopping behind the bar to pour drinks while still in uniform.
A bartender came to ask the group to calm down, but instead the rookie cops showed their badges and said there was nothing the bar staff could do to stop them.
“They were running wild… They brought shame and disrespect to the department,” a source told the New York Post.
The bartender called Hoboken police, who ended up needing backup from the Port Authority in order to control the men. When investigators came, they demanded cell phones from the drunken officers, and used video of the drunken debauchery to fire nine of the officers.
“This is a sad day for the Port Authority Police Department,” Executive Director Patrick Foye said in a statement. “We are extremely disappointed by the conduct of the probationary officers involved and appalled by the poor judgment of the Academy staff members in attendance. The Port Authority is justly proud of the history and dedication of its police department and views the conduct in question as deeply troubling.”
The nine Port Authority rookie cops fired after the drunken party weren’t the only ones in trouble. Three others were suspended without pay for 30 days and will have their probationary period extended for a year. Another five officers will face disciplinary proceedings.
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