A police-woman in Mexico has been suspended after she posed for a topless selfie in her patrol car and shared the image on Facebook.
Nidia Garcia, a Mexican police officer who worked in Monterrey, a town two hours away from the Texas border, left her job description to protect and serve which is funded by tax payers money to pose for a topless selfie in her patrol car, while wearing her police uniform, and armed with an official rifle.
Garcia was supposed to be protecting Escobedo, a crime-ridden town in Mexico when she chose to expose her breasts instead. She not only took the picture, Garcia then posted it on her social media.
Soon after the image was posted, it went viral in Mexico as citizens began clamoring for her resignation. The mother-of-two was relieved of her duties pending an investigation.
Garcia wrote an apology on Facebook:
“I was wrong in letting myself be photographed in my hours of work while still wearing the uniform of an officer. I want to ask a huge apology to the secretary of security and Justice of proximity and more to my municipality general Escobedo for this immoral act on my part. I feel disgusted by the great damage caused and the damage done mainly to my two daughters, followed by my husband, my parents, brothers and entire family”.
A spokesman for the Nuevo Leon state government said in a statement: “She was immediately reprimanded and is currently at the mercy of the state’s internal police Honor and Justice Commission, which will be determining the next steps to be taken. It’s unclear whether Ms Garcia took the photo herself or was helped by a patrol partner in the vehicle. But the fact she was in uniform, armed and on duty is the most damning reason for her suspension”.
Escobedo a town which has been dubbed as ‘lawless’ is being ruled by narcos, and sees heavy criminal cartel activity affect its environs.
Three people were killed in the town of Escobedo on the day Garcia was suspended.
The picture has caused divided opinion in Mexico. While some see the funny side, others question Garcia’s sanity.
Garcia’s predicament has been met with mixed feelings as one Facebook user said: ‘Who cares what she did if she’s not harming anyone?”, but another countered with: “This is the sort of stupidity that our police get up to rather than protecting our communities from criminals”, yet another who found humor in the situation said: “At least she won’t be out of a job. She’ll be getting a call from Playboy soon”.