When the NYPD sent out a tweet asking for pictures of followers with officers this afternoon, they probably anticipated images similar to the following:
@NYPDnews #myNYPD #wallstreet pic.twitter.com/WCREuIjNjZ— vane•matus☮ (@vanvanmt) April 22, 2014
While they received plenty they'd be proud to retweet, they were inundated with the likes of this:
MT @NYPDnews: Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/epG5E9cUBF— DefendedInTheStreets (@KimaniFilm) April 22, 2014
Do you have a photo w/ a member of the #NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on their Facebook! pic.twitter.com/Ps7rThxgNw— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) April 22, 2014
Free Massages from the #NYPD. What does YOUR Police Department offer? Tweet at #MyNYPD pic.twitter.com/IFWr8exuqH— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) April 22, 2014
@nypdnews Is that the one your public relations people requested? #mynypd pic.twitter.com/ZXrXS9k9LO— al gag (@amusem) April 22, 2014
Here the #NYPD engages with its community members, changing hearts and minds one baton at a time. #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/GErbiFFDvY— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) April 22, 2014
Want some help with that tan? #myNYPD can help! pic.twitter.com/n9P2O1OfGF— आनिल् (@guru0509) April 22, 2014
Need a lift? The #NYPD's got you! Free Delivery, Only at #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/AStS3ZjoZu— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) April 22, 2014
NYPD officers are known worldwide for their timely and hands-on response to citizen grievances. pic.twitter.com/wuJ8uicGgE #myNYPD— Stop The Wars (@sickjew) April 22, 2014
just photos? ok fine, @NYPDnews #MyNYPD pic.twitter.com/CrXcILqXWE— DefendedInTheStreets (@KimaniFilm) April 22, 2014
Need a mammogram? #myNYPD has you covered! Forget Obamacare! pic.twitter.com/Fusv3WhiRZ— आनिल् (@guru0509) April 22, 2014
RT @MoreAndAgain: If you can't walk, don't worry, the NYPD will carry you. How helpful! #myNYPD pic.twitter.com/6k2he2aE9J— South Bronx Outlier (@bondskew) April 22, 2014
Yours truly. RT @NYPDnews: Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. pic.twitter.com/olAxGgU4Hs— Justin Wedes (@justinwedes) April 22, 2014
@OccupyWallStNYC #myNYPD keeping me safe by tackling me to the ground, punching me & arresting me (1) pic.twitter.com/fmzKFAJrtx— JnL Radikal Media (@JNLRM) April 22, 2014
How did they not see this coming? Considering their reputation and track record, whoever runs the Twitter account should've known what they were opening themselves up to: an aggregate of concentrated failure. Pandora's box came flying open for all of the world to see, and people are taking the carnage and running with it like DeSean Jackson against the Giants.
The Twitter account has been dormant for over an hour, meaning they're probably trying to figure out how to deal with this. For the moment, silence seems to be the best option.
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