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9 Rookie New York PA Cops Fired After Drunken Graduation Party Gets Out of Control

November 9, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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The New York Post is reporting that Nine rookie Port Authority cops were fired for “running wild” at a drunken graduation party, where some of them grabbed a woman’s butt, disobeyed their bosses and arrogantly flashed their badges to get out of trouble, sources said on Friday.

Dozens of freshly minted PA Police officers took to the Texas Arizona Bar and Grill in Hoboken after a Police Academy graduation ceremony at Dunn Sport Center in Elizabeth on Aug. 22, Port Authority police sources told The Post.

But the celebration turned into a rowdy, alcohol fueled free-for-all when some of the newbie officers got drunk, hopped behind the bar and began pouring their own beers while still in uniform, the sources said.

Other officers trashed the bathroom and groped a female’s behind “inappropriately,” the sources said.

Sources also say that a bartender asked them to calm down, but the cocky rookies flashed their badges and explained they were allowed to act like jerks because they were cops.

The bartender called Hoboken police, but the police grads were so out of control, they had to contact PA cops to come to the scene, sources said.

Even then, the rowdies ignored their supervisors and acted “drunkenly defiant,” according to a PA source.

“They were running wild…They brought shame and disrespect to the department,” the source said.

Not long after, investigators demanded some of the officers hand over their cellphones, some of which had been used to record the post-graduation shenanigans. Nine of the officers, some of them women, have since been fired.

Three supervisors — including a lieutenant who was also drunk — also face disciplinary action following the drunken celebration.

Three other rookie officers were also suspended without pay for 30 days, the sources said.

“This is a sad day for the Port Authority Police Department,” Pat Foye, executive director of the Port Authority, said Friday. Roughly 250 officers graduated at the ceremony in August.

“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,” he added.

The investigation, which was headed by the Police Integrity Unit of the Port Authority Inspector General, began on Aug. 23.

“Let the message be clear…police officers will be held to a high standard of conduct befitting their roles,” Port Authority Chairman John Degnan said.

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