nypd & ellen dancer

*If the NYPD was concerned about their “good guy” image and are all about protecting and serving, then this is NOT a good look for them.

Check out the video below. It speaks volumes about some cops’ attitudes when dealing with the public. Specifically one of New York’s finest got physical with a guy who was filming a viral video for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” The NYPD is supposedly looking into the incident. But one is left to wonder why it even should’ve even come to that.

The back story is this. Some guy named Alexander Bok, who bills himself as “you’re favorite prankster” sort of set himself up to get attention from the cops and when he did, it turned out to be much more than he wanted. He’s lucky he’s not in jail or the hospital or the … OK, we won’t go that far. But he’s definitely lucky.

Anyway, here’s what happened per TMZ:

On Christmas Eve, Mr. Bok tried to film an Ellen Dance Dare video — entrants are supposed to dance behind people who don’t know they’re doing it. Alexander decided to try it on some unwitting officers.

Watch the video … the officers start out questioning what the hell Alexander’s doing — and it sounds like they hurl a few insults at him too. Eventually, it looks like the cops dismiss him … and, as he’s walking away, one throws him to the ground.

TMZ has learned NYPD has opened an investigation into the incident. What’s unclear is why Alexander chose to pull this stunt four days after two NYPD officers were assassinated. Not a bright move.

If you’re wondering, Alexander told TMZ he submitted his video to the show, but has yet to hear back.

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