The New York Police Department Is Having A Rough Day on Twitter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 04:30 PM

A NYPD cruiser parked at the corner of Murray and Church streets in lower Manhattan. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

This afternoon, whoever runs social media for the New York Police Department asked people to tweet out photos of themselves with police officers.


Maybe you can guess what happened next.

Many people who have their photo taken with police officers do so in a less friendly context. They’re being arrested, or perhaps violently restrained. So users have begun tweeting out those photos. The hashtag suggested by the NYPD, #myNYPD, is trending nationally.

This is most of what I like about Twitter. Moreso than Facebook, it’s a place where there’s still the potential, in any interaction, for the crowd to take over the podium. Every day, people in New York have a perfectly friendly interactions with cops. Every day, people in New York have terrible interactions with cops. It's nice to think that whoever runs the NYPD's digital presence will spend the day thinking about both.


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Comments [24]


NYPD is the finest police force in the world only af course law brackers dont like them.

Apr. 25 2014 06:26 PM
Adam from Bergen County, NJ

Part of what is clearly disturbing is the way Comm. Bratton sloughs off the pictures and incidents as if nothing is happening. When there are problems with officers the public is often told "these are bad apples." Although these photos are out of context, here are examples of bad apples. Wouldn't it be meaningful for the NYPD to put these photos in conext if that would allow the public to understand them for what they are, or, barring that, to say who the officer is, that he or she is a "bad apple" and that they are being dealt with. Other than that, the NYPD "is like a fish that smells from the head."

Apr. 25 2014 05:18 PM
Stuyvacant from FL

They give us 1/3 of our tv drama programming. People should be more grateful. Without the NYPD the creative geniuses in Hollywood wouldn't know what people want and we'd get Canadian style offerings.

Apr. 25 2014 09:03 AM
Andy Campbell from Putnam County, NY

Pictures can't give you the meaning and implications. For that there is no substitute for competent, thorough, balanced news reporting!

Apr. 24 2014 08:14 AM
Joe from USA

@John Hender, Is it so unbelievable that people can be critical of an organization and support the good it does at the same time?

Apr. 24 2014 01:37 AM
matt cohen from austin

Apr. 23 2014 03:16 PM

*flag your disgusting response.

Apr. 23 2014 11:44 AM

Moses - you're a moron.

Saul - I specifically created an account to flag your disgusting cop. You're saying you advocate the murder of cops? Horrible.

Newsflash: your revolution ended in the 70's. You lost.

Apr. 23 2014 11:43 AM

The NYPD and all police agencies across the country
have painted a thug killer image of themselves,
only rivaled by that of Nazi Germany, and the KGB.
Police, especially here in Florida, are now specializing
in roadside extortion and shakedown tactics
to maintain their pensions, the brand new Crown Vics,
and their crisp and clean police costumes.

I wish I could use the, "Only in America" cliche,
but this malevolent police spirit is felt all across
the world, as it protects the malevolent ones at the
top of pyramid schemes.

Apr. 23 2014 11:14 AM

@Manuel P from Queens

Just throwing a little tidbit of information out there. If a police officer parks his car in front of a fire hydrant and there's a fire the windows will still be smashed out and the hose placed through the windows for better flow.

Apr. 23 2014 10:22 AM

When the NYPD "invited" photos and comments, pray what exactly did they expect? For sure, a rainbow spectrum of personalities exist in every group; and we all know that people who have had negative interactions - whether it be in the workplace, in the marketplace or with law enforcement - will be the ones most likely to speak up when given a platform. Those who do not don't think there is a need to, because they fully expect at least a neutral experience in these types of interactions. If the NYPD only wanted visuals of positive interacts with the public, they should have stated that clearly in their invitation.

Apr. 23 2014 09:18 AM
Manuel P from Queens

My concern is that when a few police officers flaunt their ability to ignore laws and regulations, from excessive force to such minor but obvious abuses such as parking their personal cars at fire hydrants with the "placard" in plain view, the community expects to see that there are consequences. Sadly, the abuses continue and individuals can't even easily go report the abuse due to the difficulties they face when doing so, including the unavailability of visitor parking by our police precincts. This means credibility is lost.
The police defends itself, yet many communities do not feel placated nor listened to. Under Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, the police seem to have grown apart from the people they protect, and now we seem to have a majority of police officers who don't live in the city, who don't share our joys and pains. Children's only recognizable friendly "police" faces are the ones they see at school, and in some neighborhoods police cruisers are only seen when there is a major problem.
In my humble opinion, to restore credibility, we need to restore the sense of community... the sense that we are all in this together. We need to recover the spontaneous friendly smile of a neighbor greeting a neighbor.
Personally, I hope this happens soon.

Apr. 23 2014 08:14 AM
derp from derptown, usa

"This is most of what I like about Twitter. Moreso than Facebook, it’s a place where there’s still the potential, in any interaction, for the crowd to take over the podium."

if you listen to fools
the mob rules

Apr. 23 2014 08:09 AM

I say take your negativity someplace else. Create your own "bash fest". I'm not about that life. Let those of us that want to see some good in the world have that. I'm not about hiding the truth, I'm about keeping your bs to where it's

Apr. 23 2014 07:13 AM

It's a total joke to think that today's "peace officers" actually "protect" us. Wake up people, their role is to control us and "protect" the government's interests, which i assure you are not our safety.

Apr. 22 2014 10:47 PM
Van Looken from Thailand

Typical situations... the 1% comes in the news, be it good or bad.
What about the 99% that we never see , never hear ?
I am sure that the balance is in favor of the good things, from everything, be it a police officer, serviceman or a protester.
How should or can a protester behave ?
How should or can a police officer, serviceman behave ?
Peaceful or violent ?
Peaceful behaving should never be responded with violence.
Anyone using violence, be it a protester or a police officer should face the consequences.

In my humble opinion, anything with the classification of being a weapon, should only be used in case of self defense, never as a tool to make people to comply, we are humans, not cattle...

To the protesting people and to the Police:
Remove your rotten apples... They are only few..

Apr. 22 2014 09:51 PM
Spied on

I am an Arab American an continue to be spied on regardless of Deblazio's announcement that NYPD's Muslim spying unit has been dismantled. NYPD use undercover cops dressed as bums stationed throughout the city to do their "undercover" spying. Look for yourself, these Arab hating schmucks stand put like a cop in a Sensitivity Training course.

Apr. 22 2014 08:04 PM
John from Merica

Savages..... All of you should be thrown in a jail cell to rot

Apr. 22 2014 07:35 PM

Wow! Some of the responses....

Apr. 22 2014 07:24 PM
Saul Teload from Brooklyn

The only good cops are ones with multiple bullet holes through their face

Apr. 22 2014 06:07 PM
morgan from nyc

I have lived in NYC for over 47 years. I have never been arrested but have found my evewry interaction with the NYPD to be a disappointment. they escalate every situation with their aggressiveness and bullying tactics. The week I spent photographing Occupy Wall Street really showed me what lying thugs these guys can be. Are there good cops, absolutely! But the culture, leadership, and training are doing these guys zero favors.

Apr. 22 2014 05:46 PM
Isaac from New York

The problem I have with this is that this was supposed to be something positive, and yet again the haters have hijacked it, and spawn it into something negative. I say take your negativity someplace else. Create your own "bash fest". I'm not about that life. Let those of us that want to see some good in the world have that. I'm not about hiding the truth, I'm about keeping your bs to where it's relevant. You don't always have to be mean to get your point across. I hope these haters aren't trying to say that ALL NYPD are bad people, because that would be just stupid. They would be like saying all black people are thugs --- and before you send hate my way...I'M BLACK. It seems to me that every time one person want to say something good. Ten more are waiting to bash that idea into the ground. Maybe if our society wasn't so quick to hate or be disrespectful. We might be able to grow. Instead of just being plan ol' mean and hateful. UGH!!!!! Yes, the images of the officers being hateful are valid, and shouldn't be tolerated. I'm just saying pick and choose your battles. Not everything has to an activist moment, or a lesson to be learned. Sometimes people just need a reason to - SMILE.

Apr. 22 2014 05:37 PM
Evan from Santa Monica, CA

@John Hender--so because someday you may find yourself in trouble and need assistance from law enforcement, you should never offer any criticism of them?

Apr. 22 2014 05:09 PM
John Hender

It's easy to criticize those who put their life on the line to protect others. Hope these people who are criticizing #myNYPD don't find themselves in a situation where the NYPD is needed.

Apr. 22 2014 05:05 PM

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