New York police face backlash for #myNYPD photo campaign
Police department's #myNYPD Twitter call for photos of public interaction with officers doesn't go as planned
A public outreach campaign by the New York City Police Department has backfired — in a very public way.
Its call-out to Twitter users to share pictures of themselves interacting with police officers using the hashtag #myNYPD brought in a flood of photos of police brutality instead of the friendlier images the department was hoping for.
The NYPD sent a tweet on Tuesday, saying it might feature the photographs on its Facebook page.
Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.
NYPD spokeswoman Kim Royster says the uncensored and open dialogue was good for the city.