What began as a harmless PR stunt on Tuesday left the New York Police Department’s social media team facepalming as a hashtag they tweeted (#myNYPD) trended nationally, flooding the Internet with images, videos, and stories depicting police brutality.
But the trend of calling out police for violent behavior wasn’t limited to New York City for very long. Hours after major newspapers began to report the failed pro-cop campaign, Los Angeles residents carried out their own online demonstration by trending the #myLADP with their own media and stories:
— Rudy Bucher (@Ruderealism) April 23, 2014
— Ron Solo (@R0NS0L02) April 23, 2014
— Gaga Cheat (@MissStef0318) April 23, 2014
— CAL FIRE NEWS (@CalFireNews) April 22, 2014
— peace is illegal (@idealovindara) April 23, 2014
— LA CAN (@LACANetwork) April 22, 2014
Others shared personal stories or recited the names of individuals killed in police-involved shootings:
— Miracle Mile LA (@MiracleMileLA) April 23, 2014
#myLAPD no picture, but the time that they locked down manual arts high school aimed assault rifles at me and searched me without consent!
— Ben Sosa (@Jahlife68) April 23, 2014
— antifascista (@artofexisting) April 23, 2014
And others simply summed things up:
— Phillip M. Bailey (@phillipmbailey) April 23, 2014
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