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:
Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook. pic.twitter.com/mE2c3oSmm6
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:
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 22, 2014
Sometimes the jokes write themselves. #S17 #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/Wrp6RGpByZ
— Pancake Witch (@TheRealKeori) April 22, 2014
NYPD crushing a man's neck for waving an American flag in a "non-flag waving area." #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/1Zvl2mGMii
— Scizyr Saj'Xanin (@Scizyr) April 22, 2014
— Rami (@RamiSafadi93) April 22, 2014
One officer showed up in several photos connected to the tag:
The tag was also used to highlight protests against police behavior:
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:
However, as of Tuesday night, the department had not addressed #myNYPD on its official Twitter account.