NYPD Suffers Massive Twitter Fail—Again

Backlash follows tweet about 'rebuilding public trust'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2014 9:31 AM CST
NYPD Suffers Massive Twitter Fail—Again
Police officers eye protesters demonstrating in Grand Central Terminal after it was announced that the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner was not indicted, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in New York.   (AP Photo/Jaime Holguin)

The New York City Police Department's attempt at "an uncensored exchange" with Twitter users has failed miserably—again. Apparently having learned nothing from a disastrous social media campaign earlier this year, a communications officer sent out this tweet last night in response to backlash from the Eric Garner decision: "The #NYPD is committed to rebuilding public trust. #Wehearyou." A rush of responses followed along the lines of this one: "Eric Garner said he couldn’t breathe did you hear that?"

City officials were later told to "stop all outbound social content until further notice," ABC News notes. The NYPD isn't the only law enforcement agency feeling the heat on social media: As Mashable reports, the St. Louis County PD incurred no small amount of wrath when it headlined a Facebook post about 12-year-old Tamir Rice's death "Kids will be Kids?" The post was also tweeted, and has since been taken down. (Cops' lenient treatment of white people is also a hot topic.)

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