The New York Police Department asked people to post a picture of themselves interacting with police officers and use the hashtag: #myNYPD. What happened next was completed unexpected for the NYPD. Twitter users submitted hundreds of photos of police brutality and violence, including incidents connected to Occupy Wall Street.
?The NYPD is creating new ways to communicate effectively with the community,? stated NYPD spokeswoman Kim Royster via NY Daily News. ?Twitter provides an open forum for an uncensored exchange and this is an open dialogue good for our city.?
?Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD,? said NYPD on Twitter. ?It may be featured on our Facebook.? Some of the photos were positive, but that was rare.
Here is the original tweet:
Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook. pic.twitter.com/mE2c3oSmm6
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 22, 2014
Here is one of the few positive tweets:
@NYPDnews #myNYPD #MyBrother #YankeeStadium pic.twitter.com/lNpITeJrtT
— JP Quinn (@JPQ904) April 22, 2014
And here are some negative tweets:
I TWEETED MORE THAN A DOZEN OF MY OWN #MYNYPD PICS but this one is hands down my favorite pic.twitter.com/qB8xFLP4Fb
— Liza Sabater (@blogdiva) April 23, 2014
The NYPD's #myNYPD hashtag has been hijacked by angry tweeters http://t.co/3Igzsl2vYj pic.twitter.com/JEJtlPOe33
— The Independent (@Independent) April 23, 2014
"@RamiSafadi93: #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/hbwWrX92XC" do dogs have miranda rights?
— ass mcgee23 (@b00ndocsaint) April 23, 2014
You might not have known this, but the NYPD can help you with that kink in your neck. #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/NTfCZstunT
— Bardock Obama (@TheBardockObama) April 23, 2014
Black twitter wins again while New York Police brutality is exposed. #myNYPD #HashtagHijack pic.twitter.com/Mwu4XnkvSV
— beau (@mylifeisbeau) April 23, 2014
To help keep it trending…#MyNYPD #FilmThePolice pic.twitter.com/6kJ6N5GZNg
— Phil Yama (@philYama) April 23, 2014