Public Safety & Justice

Beware Social Media, Police Departments

April 24, 2014
 

A Twitter backlash against New York City police has spread to the West Coast with people posting critical comments and photos of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The New York Police Department was hit with a barrage of negative publicity after agency officials urged people to post pictures that praised officers under the hashtag #myNYPD.

On Wednesday, people were using a #myLAPD hashtag to post critical comments and photos of Los Angeles police officers.

One post showed a photo of police officers in riot gear wielding batons. It said the LAPD has learned "how to keep a country's population under control." Another showed a photo of rogue former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner, saying he had "already exposed them in his manifesto." Dorner, accused of murder and attempted murder, died last year in a fiery gun battle with law enforcement authorities in the Big Bear area.

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