NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired. The police department asked its Twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others decided to not "play nice".

Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers. But then NYPD critics caught on and started posting some not-so-flattering shots of New York's finest.

Some of the photos were taken during Occupy Wall Street.

"NYPD engages with its community members, changing hearts and minds one baton at a time," @occupywallstnyc tweeted sarcastically.

Others posted pictures from embarrassing episodes in the department's history, such as a photo of David Ranta, who served 23 years for a murder he didn't commit and was released due to police misconduct.

Some are just plain silly. One picture shows cops apparently writing someone in a Minnie Mouse costume a ticket in Times Square.

One shows a sleeping officer on the subway.

And there is one taken at the West Indian Day Parade showing a blush-worthy moment the officer regrets.

By Tuesday afternoon #myNYPD was the most popular hashtag in New York, second in the nation, and fourth most popular hashtag on Twitter around the world.

NYPD Deputy Chief Kim Royster said in a statement: "The NYPD is creating new ways to communicate effectively with the community. Twitter provides an open forum for an uncensored exchange and this is an open dialogue good for our city."

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • West Indian Day Parade steps off amid shootings

    West Indian Day Parade steps off amid shootings

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:36:22 GMT
    The West Indian Day Parade is supposed to be a time of fun and excitement in celebration of Caribbean culture. However, several shootings near the parade has turned it into a day of tragedy for some.
    The West Indian Day Parade is supposed to be a time of fun and excitement in celebration of Caribbean culture. However, several shootings near the parade has turned it into a day of tragedy for some.
  • Man to face murder charges in mother's slaying

    Man to face murder charges in mother's slaying

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:08 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:08:57 GMT
    Murder charges are pending against a northern New Jersey man who allegedly stabbed and beat his mother to death.
    Murder charges are pending against a northern New Jersey man who allegedly stabbed and beat his mother to death.
  • Homeowner interrupting burglary is fatally stabbed

    Homeowner interrupting burglary is fatally stabbed

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:35:46 GMT
    A 67-year-old homeowner was stabbed to death and his wife injured after they came upon a burglary at their Staten Island home.
    Police in New York City say an intruder stabbed a couple who interrupted a burglary at their home, killing the man and injuring his wife.
Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices