The NYPD Learned A Very Valuable Lesson About Asking The Internet To Use A Twitter Hashtag

A request for pictures of members of the New York Police Department went horribly wrong. WARNING: This post contains graphic photos of alleged police brutality.

1. Updated — 6:56 p.m. ET

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2. Today the NYPD asked Twitter users to post cute personal photos with NYPD officers.

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3. And for a while it worked pretty well.

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4. People were sharing nice pictures of NYPD officers just hanging out.

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5. And that was nice… for about an hour…

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6. Until people started filling the #MyNYPD hashtag with photos of alleged police brutality.

Here the #NYPD engages with its community members, changing hearts and minds one baton at a time. #myNYPD

— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC)
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Every white shirt has to get in on the brutality, right @NYPDnews #myNYPD

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8. And it doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

@NYPDnews #myNYPD

— Jeff Smith (@Jeff5mith)
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9. A lot of Twitter users started finding photos of police officers from any city and tagging them with #myNYPD.


— Rami (@RamiSafadi93)
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10. It turns out Twitter users had more than a few photos of NYPD officers looking less than friendly.

This should be featured on facebook RT @brotherguss #MyNYPD One of my favorites

— Brett Banditelli (@banditelli)
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"And we're going to have to run you over, just for good measure." #myNYPD

— Casey Aldridge (@CaseyJAldridge)
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12. And then things got even worse when Occupy Wall Street’s Twitter got involved.

Do you have a photo w/ a member of the #NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on their Facebook!

— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC)
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@OccupyWallStNYC #myNYPD keeping me safe by tackling me to the ground, punching me & arresting me (1)

— JnL Radikal Media (@JNLRM)
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14. Turns out not everyone is a huge fan of the NYPD.

NYPD crushing a black man's spine. He lost all sensation below his neck from this. #myNYPD

— Scizyr Saj'Xanin (@Scizyr)
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Yours truly. RT @NYPDnews: Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD.

— Justin Wedes (@justinwedes)
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16. So, the lesson here? Be careful what you ask for on the internet, I guess.

NO ONE MAKES ME BLEED MY OWN BLOOD. Well, except #myNYPD. They do that a lot.

— Ⓐ ‏#GrumpyCuntSec Ⓐ (@brazenqueer)
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An officer from Precinct 114 once ticketed me for doing this exact thing on the N train. #myNYPD

— Daniel Stuckey (@danstuckey)
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18. The NYPD issued a statement about #myNYPD and said Twitter provides an “open forum.”

NYPD issues a statement regarding #myNYPD initiative.

— Pervaiz Shallwani (@Pervaizistan)
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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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