A COP has been suspended after he was seen in uniform escorting a handcuffed Playboy cover model and two half-naked pals for a social media stunt.
William Beeker is under investigation after he reportedly made a cameo in Francia James’ Instagram video filmed outside the Miami Beach Police Department’s headquarters.
In the footage, Beeker was seen marching a scantily clad James and two fellow models, Julianne Kissinger and Maddy Belle, to the front door of the police station in a staged arrest.
“Do you like bad girls or good girls? Who’s gonna bail us out?” James wrote on the video.
In a second video posted to her Instagram story, the models thanks the officer as he sits on an quad bike outside the headquarters.
“Thank you, Officer Bill, for letting us go,” the women coo to him.
Beeker then can be heard saying, “No problem. Enjoy the community I like to protect and serve. Have a good day, ladies.”
James told The New York Post that there had been no planned arrangement to include the officer in the stunt.
“When the officer pulled up, I said ‘can u [sic] be in my skit’ so we filmed one more time with him walking behind us,” she wrote in an email.
“He was very nice and none of us thought anyone was doing anything wrong.”
The officer is an 11-year veteran of the force and previously worked for the New York Police Department, news station WSVN reported.
He was very nice and none of us thought anyone was doing anything wrong.Francia James
Authorities said they became aware of the possible misconduct the same day the videos were posted.
Miami Beach police spokesperson said the officer has been place on administrative duties while an investigation takes place.
But James defended the officer, saying the video was “harmless” adding: “I think it’s a shame he was put on any sort of leave.”
Miami Beach city manager Jimmy L. Morales branded the videos “highly offensive”.
“It is disgusting that a representative of the Miami Beach Police Department, and the City as a whole, would choose to participate in this distasteful video,” he said in a statement.
“He has made a mockery of the men and women of the MBPD who work hard each day to serve and protect our community and fight heinous acts such as human trafficking and other sexual crimes.
“We will not tolerate such behavior in our community.”
- A version of this story appeared in the New York Post.