NYPD cop’s TikTok dancing video gets him banished to Staten Island: sources


This Brooklyn cop busted a move … all the way to Staten Island.

An NYPD officer posted a TikTok video of himself dancing in uniform on a convenience store counter — and the footage got him a type of transfer known as “highway therapy” as punishment, police sources said Wednesday.

Officer Stephen “Big Steph” Barnes — who last year earned $132,803 with overtime while working in Downtown Brooklyn’s 84th Precinct — is shown hopping up on a coffee station counter at a 7-Eleven near the stationhouse and gyrating to hip hop, according to the footage and police sources.

The raucous video then cuts to a clip of Barnes dancing on the steps of a building to the curse-filled tune “Beat Box” by the rapper SpotemGottem.

“Ready to get it started, b—h, I got no sense/ Oh, he the plug, riding round with four bricks,” the song blares in the video, as the cop dances along. 

When higher-ups found out about the spectacle — which violates a department rule against posting images in uniform online — Barnes was transferred to the 120th precinct in the Brighton Heights section of Staten Island, according to police sources.

One police source called the punishment a slap on the wrist akin to “highway therapy,” while others ripped Barnes for disrespecting the NYPD’s honorable blues.

“Men and women died wearing that uniform and I think we’re belittling the position with these videos,” Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said. “I just came from a different place. The uniform meant something and you had a certain amount of pride in that patch. You’re dancing in a uniform that has significant meaning globally.”

The footage was later re-posted by the Facebook Loudlabs News NYC with the caption, “This cop dancing in 7-Eleven is hilarious.” It wasn’t immediately clear when the officer posted the original footage on TikTok.

On Wednesday morning, Barnes was being questioned at the 81 precinct, according to police sources.

Barnes minored in theater and participated in a program that paired NYPD officers with civilians for improvisational theatre games, the New Yorker magazine wrote in 2016.

A DCPI source said Wednesday that his assignment hadn’t been changed. “The incident remains under internal review,” a DCPI spokeswoman said. 

Barnes couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday. A rep for his police union didn’t immediately return a call from the Post.

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