NYPD officers try to shame NYC mayor with photos of homeless people

New York police officers have found the perfect passive-aggressive way to slam Mayor Bill De Blasio: pictures of homeless people.

A Flickr account that’s reportedly the official online picture repository for the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a police union for New York City sergeants, has devoted its space purely to new photos of the city’s homeless.

The album is titled “Peek-A-Boo.”

The SBA’s photos aren’t particularly well composed. Some are blurry, turned 90 degrees, or distorted from being taken through a window. A few aren’t even clearly of the homeless.

In an open letter obtained by the New York Post, SBA President Ed Mullins made the union’s intentions clear. The presence of homeless people was a direct result of the De Blasio administration’s “failed policies, [which has led to] more homeless encampments on city streets, a 10 percent increase in homicides, and the diminishing of our hard-earned and well-deserved public perception of the safest large city in America,” Mullins said.

The SBA didn’t respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

The “Peek-A-Boo” Flickr page follows a string of NYPD protests against De Blasio late last year after the mayor defended anti-police protesters.

NYPD officers aren’t actually allowed to take photos of the public while on duty, Mullins said, so the page’s photos came from officers either off-duty or on their way to or from work.

Photo via Derek Mindler/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Kevin Collier

Kevin Collier

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.