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Tone-deaf #askacop conversation was received appropriately horribly
As one user wrote, “why did you think this was a good idea?”
For the upteenth time, Twitter has exploded with outrage when police used a hashtag to try a tone-deaf conversation.
This time, it was for a CNN roundtable discussion on police and civilian relations Tuesday night. Before the show, CNN put out an open call for question from Twitter with the hashtag #askacop.
In theory, a representative sample of questions would be put to that panel of officers. But responses got angry quickly.
Why don’t moderate police officers ever condemn the senseless, excessive force and police brutality of their extremist brethren? #AskACop
— azhar usman (@azharusman) December 17, 2014
This is far from the first time that Twitter users have bitterly responded to police. In April, the New York Police Department used the #myNYPD hashtag, prompting a litany of photos of police using excessive force. Later, it tried #wehearyou in response to the non-indictment of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man choked to death on camera by an officer, and was met with responses like “Just like cop heard ‘I can’t breathe’ 11x before killing him.”
As for CNN, they only used one tweet in the show, at least when it was later posted online, and it was hardly inflammatory.
It’s a real shame, too, that they didn’t even address this one:
Photo via david_shankbone/Flickr (CC By 2.0) | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III
A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.