Thursday, April 24, 2014

NYPD Twitter Backfire

Here's a nice photo of a tourist in New York City posing with a couple of friendly(ish) young cops.  Recently, the New York Police Department encouraged twitter users to post photos of themselves with members of the NYPD.  Within minutes, the results went predictably awry.  See photos below.   

Two days ago, someone in public relations at the New York City Police Department (NYPD) got what must have seemed like a good idea, and in retrospect, was actually a bad idea.

They decided to encourage Twitter users to post photographs of themselves with members of the NYPD. 

Here was the actual tweet they sent.   
"Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it . It may be featured on our Facebook."

A few minutes later, the heartwarming photos came streaming in, posted online for all the world to see.  However, they may not have been quite what the NYPD was expecting.  

Here are some of them:

A black guy enjoying a little rough play with the cops.

"I'm gonna hit somebody!"

Why do they always seem to scream in pain like that?

Hair pulling is sexy.

Batter up.

The old knee to the throat, eh?

A little purple nurple for this suspected offender.  Why do you suppose she's gasping for air like that?

Oh, because a few minutes earlier, this jolly old cop was pepper spraying everybody.

Abner Louima after being raped with a nightstick by police officer Justin Volpe way back in 1997.  Of course, this photo isn't really fair because there's no cop in the picture with Louima.  The NYPD tweet specifically asked for photos with cops in them.


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