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The NYPD Found Out the Hard Way How Not to Make a Twitter Hashtag

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.

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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.