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New York's police department had a perfectly fine idea: Connect with the citizens using the hashtag #myNYPD to let the beautiful people of New York share their experience with police officers. Well, it would have been perfectly fine if they had predicted the internet doing what the internet does and hijacking the hashtag to talk about questionable police practices.
Here's what the people had to say, courtesy of Know Your Meme.
A tourist's snapshot of a New York City cop helping out a homeless man has gone viral, making the 25 year old NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo an Internet hero. The photo, which shows DePrimo handing over a pair of boots to a barefoot man, was taken by Jennifer Foster, a visitor from Arizona who happened to be walking by the scene and noticed the random act of kindness, and posted to the Facebook page of NYPD on late Tuesday. In the past 72 hours, the image has gained more than 525,000 likes and 40,000 comments. For the interview footage with both DePrimo and Foster, head over to NBC Today.
NYPD Civil Disorder Guidelines of the Day: An unidentified Occupy Wall Street protester claims they managed to score this list of civil disorder guidelines from the back of an NYPD van after being arrested.
Nothing particularly scandalous here; most of these are very reasonable and straightforward. Indeed, it seems the only real problem with many o
This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: A Brooklyn woman who was struck by a stray bullet says she was unlawfully detained for five days by police officers who claimed she was lying about the incident.
35-year-old Takesha Griffin was allegedly handcuffed to a bench and, later, put in a dirty holding cell at t
Corruption Scandal of the Day: A former NYPD narcotics detective has admitted in court that the practice of planting drugs on innocent civilians to meet quotas was a pretty common one.
Stephen Anderson, under a cooperation agreement, testified at the corruption trial of Brooklyn South narcotics Detective Jason Arbeeny that he had helped police off