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NYPD’s Twitter request for photos backfires

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSA police lieutenant swung his baton at Occupy Wall Street activists in New York on May 1, 2012. This photo was among the many put on Twitter in response to a New York Police Department request for Twitter users to share pictures of themselves posing with police officers.
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    A police lieutenant swung his baton at Occupy Wall Street activists in New York on May 1, 2012. This photo was among the many put on Twitter in response to a New York Police Department request for Twitter users to share pictures of themselves posing with police officers.

NEW YORK » A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired — in a very public way.

Its request that Twitter users share pictures of them posing with police officers has caused people to start sending in photos of police brutality.

The NYPD sent a tweet on Tuesday, saying it might feature the photographs on its Facebook page.

The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall Street tweeted a photograph of cops battling protesters with the caption "changing hearts and minds one baton at a time."

Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.

Some respondents did send in the type of police-friendly photographs officials were hoping to get.

NYPD spokeswoman Kim Royster says the uncensored and open dialogue was good for the city.

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