Police Twitter Campaign Backfires When Pictures Of Police Brutality Are Posted
The New York Police Department started a Twitter campaign asking Tweeters to put up pictures of themselves with police officers. It didn’t go well.
“Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook,” the department posted on its NYPD News Twitter feed, hoping to fuel a feel-good, low-cost public relations campaign…
Images and tweets of many arrests of demonstrators went viral, including such presumed lowlights as an officer pulling the hair of a handcuffed young black woman and another of the bloodied face of an 84-year-old stopped for jaywalking.
One image showing police after striking a protestor brought the remark “Here the #NYPD engages with its community members, changing hearts and minds one baton at a time.”
No happy pictures as of this writing.