The New York City Police Department’s attempt to highlight community involvement via Twitter gave way to a public reminder of longtime allegations concerning the department’s abuse of power, the Daily Dot reported.
The public relations debacle began when the department asked Twitter users to post pictures of themselves with officers using the tag #myNYPD:
While some people did have pleasant photos of themselves to share, many others — including members of the Occupy Wall Street movement and communities of color — documented police encounters that weren’t nearly as pleasant:
— New Word Order (@NWO_NOW) April 23, 2014
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 22, 2014
— Pancake Witch (@TheRealKeori) April 22, 2014
— Scizyr Saj’Xanin (@Scizyr) April 22, 2014
— Rami (@RamiSafadi93) April 22, 2014
One officer showed up in several photos connected to the tag:
— Jeff Smith (@Jeff5mith) April 22, 2014
— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) April 22, 2014
The tag was also used to highlight protests against police behavior:
— Lauren Chief Elk (@ChiefElk) April 22, 2014
Update, 8:52 p.m. EST: The Wall Street Journal reported — on Twitter, naturally — that the department issued a short statement in response to the tag:
— Pervaiz Shallwani (@Pervaizistan) April 22, 2014
However, as of Tuesday night, the department had not addressed #myNYPD on its official Twitter account.