The north building of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Plainclothes officers pretend to use the bus station urinals while staring at suspects over the privacy dividers, said the lawsuit.

Port Authority cops have become bathroom police, according to a lawsuit filed Monday that accuses the department of targeting gay men for bogus lewdness charges.

Plainclothes officers pretend to use the Port Authority Bus Terminal urinals while staring at suspects over the small privacy dividers, said the suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court.

The cops then “falsely (claim) that they were engaged in illegal conduct,” the suit said.

The officers targeted men using Port Authority Bus Terminal restrooms “on the discriminatory basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, actual or perceived gender expression, and/or to boost ‘quality of life’ arrest statistics…,” said the suit.

The PAPD officers targeted men using Port Authority Bus Terminal restrooms “on the discriminatory basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation" the suit alleges.

Some of these arrests involved plainclothes Port Authority cops who “pretend to use urinals next to targeted individuals” in the bus terminal’s bathrooms.

The urinals have privacy walls – which should block prying eyes “under any definition of normal circumstances.”

The officers carrying out these questionable collars will stare at their targets while they’re using the urinal.

One plaintiff said PAPD cops called his arresting officer “the gay whisperer,” congratulating him on yet another arrest.

“In some cases, the officer will actually step back from the urinal in order to see around the privacy wall, in an effort to view the target’s hands and genitals,” said the suit, filed by the Legal Aid Society and Winston & Strawn.

The suspects are arrested by a team of PAPD officers upon exiting the men’s room, the lawsuit said.

One plaintiff said PAPD cops called his arresting officer “the gay whisperer,” congratulating him on yet another arrest. Port Authority Police declined to comment on pending legislation. The Port Authority didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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