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Good cop, mad cop.

In an age where bystanders commonly use their phones to document abuses of power by law enforcement, it’s understandable that police want to turn something like Twitter to their advantage.

NYPD Twitter backlash spreads to L.A.

Too bad most civilians aren’t interested in burnishing the NYPD’s reputation for them, as they so politely requested in a hashtag campaign that was doomed from the outset.

The initial replies were friendly enough but soon overwhelmed by a wave of righteous scorn.

Oh, dear. That didn’t go quite as planned, now did it?

Photo by Paul Stein/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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