New York Daily News

August 19, 2015, 6:49 AM

  

 

Times Square cops transferred over photos with topless women 

BY CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS, LAURA BULT, ROCCO PARASCANDOLA

JULIA XANTHOS
NYPD officers pose with two topless performers as their colleague takes a picture with a cell phone in Times Square on Monday. The pair were transferred to separate precincts for their "lack of judgment."

Cops on patrol in Times Square on Tuesday said they were told not to take pictures with any topless women.

But the edict came a day late for two officers whose photo with a pair of topless ladies featured on the cover of Tuesday's Daily News got them in hot water.

The officers were transferred to separate precincts for what a high-ranking official called a "lack of judgment."

"Had they taken a picture with Betty Boop or SpongeBob Squarepants, we wouldn't be having this conversation," he added.

The officers had been assigned to the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. But Monday, they were in Times Square, taking part in a counterterrorism drill in which dozens of officers were dispatched to landmarks to create a visible presence.

"Punishing them in any way for it would be a miscarriage of justice," said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.