It has not been a great year for the New York City Police Department. On top of high-profile police-brutality incidents and pervasive trust issues, the NYPD can’t seem to get its social media act together.
Shortly after 11am EST, the Twitter account for the NYPD’s Midtown South Precinct unleashed a doozy of a “Motivational Monday” tweet.
— The Straddler (@thestraddler) December 15, 2014
It’s hard to explain just how mind-bogglingly tone-deaf this now-deleted tweet was—but most of the people who saw it helpfully provided some context.
NYPD account tweets speech in "A Few Good Men" where Jack Nicholson defends beating up a guy until he died. https://t.co/Jf5m9ClayS
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) December 15, 2014
— Slate (@Slate) December 15, 2014
— Harry Siegel (@harrysiegel) December 15, 2014
@tomgara it’s worse than that – they watched A Few Good Men and thought it was a tragedy in which Nicholson played the good guy.
— arabist (@arabist) December 15, 2014
I love Nicholson's rant in A Few Good Men, but people know he's the villian, right?
— Mike Nellis (@MikeNellis) December 15, 2014
At press time, the NYPD had yet to apologize for the tweet.
Talk about A Few Bad Men.
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