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NYPD Twitter campaign implodes, flooded with photos of police abuse

Published time: April 22, 2014 21:30
Edited time: April 23, 2014 13:27
Reuters / Eduardo Munoz

Reuters / Eduardo Munoz

Just before 2pm EDT, the New York City Police Department called via Twitter for photos of citizens with its officers. Almost immediately the campaign #myNYPD seemed to backfire, as users flooded the hashtag with photos decrying alleged police brutality.

The #myNYPD hashtag trended nationwide not long after the above NYPD tweet.

The hashtag gave users an opportunity to recall several individuals involved in major cases of NYPD brutality, false accusations, or extrajudicial execution, including Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Ramarley Graham, Abner Louima, Kimani Gray, the Central Park Five, and a peaceful Occupy Wall Street demonstrator - Cecily McMillan - who is currently on trial and may face years in prison despite being beaten into a seizure by officers back in 2012.

A photo of Louima:

The department responded with a statement at about 6:30pm EDT.

“The NYPD is creating new ways to communicate effectively with the community. Twitter provides an open forum for an uncensored exchange and this is an open dialogue good for our city.”

The backlash against the New York Police Department even spilled over into a user-generated campaign focused on the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday evening, dubbed #myLAPD by social media users.

The NYPD’s unforced blunder is akin to JPMorgan Chase’s planned Q&A session in November. The financial giant called for inquiries via the hashtag #AskJPM. JPMorgan was compelled to cancel the event when the hashtag was bombarded with criticism of the bank’s operations.

Comments (47)

 

DigitalKnight 19.05.2014 18:12

This stuff is going on everywhere even in canada.....saying it's only america is just stupid.

 

William A Finch 03.05.2014 15:28

RT you just lost ALL credibility. Some of these photos are from other countries. Shame on you. or should that be "sham" on you?

 

SpeedOfDark186Kmps 27.04.2014 19:49

The subject of abuse is circumstantial in its very nature. A snapshot does not reflect circumstance but only allows a person to assume circumstance, based on their own personal bias. Therefore, I feel like it's wrong to claim that these pictures show police abuse.
I have been to NY many times and have never been in fear of being abused by the police. In fact, I have found them to be quite nice and are usually even jovial.
While I agree with most of RTs news, I think that the title of abuse should go to RT, because they abused their media leverage, in order to push a bias towards others. Shame RT.... SHAME

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