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Disastrous #myNYPD Twitter Campaign Backfires Hilariously

Twitter users reacted to the NYPD's new social media campaign by posting images of police brutality rather than smiling cops.
April 22, 2014, 10:10pm
Photo by Nick Allen

Someone in the New York Police Department’s public relations office thought it would be a good idea to create a Twitter hashtag to promote an online presentation of officers as beloved public servants. Somewhat predictably, everyone else on Twitter thought otherwise.

The NYPD announced the new campaign at 2 PM this afternoon, inviting people to use #myNYPD to tag and upload smiling pictures of themselves with police officers.


The hashtag backfired almost immediately, turning into a virtual catalog of photographs of New York’s finest using excessive, and often brutal, force.

Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews)April 22, 2014

Twitter users uploaded a plethora of pictures of the NYPD beating people up, violently dispersing protests, and carrying out the controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

The — Cocky McSwagsalot (@MoreAndAgain)April 22, 2014

Footage of NYPD taking bribes during Hurricane Sandy gas shortage: — Anonymous (@YourAnonNews)April 22, 2014

MT — DefendedInTheStreets (@KimaniFilm)April 22, 2014

— HDG (@hdgremix)April 22, 2014

This isn’t what the department had in mind when it created the social media campaign.

— Copwatch (@Copwatch)April 22, 2014

— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC)April 22, 2014

Need a lift? The — Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC)April 22, 2014

Yet this is not the first time a prominent and divisive organization mistakenly unleashed the wrath of all of social media upon themselves. Last year, JP Morgan Chase asked users to tweet questions at a top executive using the hashtag #AskJP.

The move bit back almost immediately when users quickly responded with questions such as: “Did you always want to be part of a vast, corrupt criminal enterprise or did you ‘break bad?’ ” and “When Jamie Dimon eats babies are they served rare? I understand anything above medium-rare is considered gauche.”


Then there was: “Did you have a specific number of people’s lives you needed to ruin before you considered your business model a success?”

Things seem to quickly be going down that road with #myNYPD.

to be fair, my arresting officer was a solid dude — Kevin Dolak (@kdolak)April 22, 2014

This is what the top pictures on — Michael Krieger (@LibertyBlitz)April 22, 2014

— Joel (@droel666)April 22, 2014

Wait, the NYPD asked for this? Oh lord. — Brianna Leigh (@raininblack)April 22, 2014

An officer from Precinct 114 once ticketed me for doing this exact thing on the N train. — Daniel Stuckey (@danstuckey)April 22, 2014

This failed social media campaign shows that not all publicity is good publicity. At least not when you’re the NYPD.

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