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

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

3. And for a while it worked pretty well.

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

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

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)

Every white shirt has to get in on the brutality, right @NYPDnews #myNYPD


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

@NYPDnews #myNYPD

— Jeff Smith (@Jeff5mith)

9. A lot of Twitter users started finding photos of police officers from any city and tagging them with #myNYPD.


— Rami (@RamiSafadi93)

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)

"And we're going to have to run you over, just for good measure." #myNYPD

— Casey Aldridge (@CaseyJAldridge)

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)

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

— JnL Radikal Media (@JNLRM)

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)

Yours truly. RT @NYPDnews: Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD.

— Justin Wedes (@justinwedes)

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)

An officer from Precinct 114 once ticketed me for doing this exact thing on the N train. #myNYPD

— Daniel Stuckey (@danstuckey)

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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