So, imagine you are the NYPD Public Relations team. I know, I shuddered also for a second. Now, imagine that officers choked someone to death a few months ago in front of a camera, and somehow they weren’t indicted by the Grand Jury. Furthermore, imagine that these officers haven’t been held accountable for years, and the same pattern is on display all over the country. Suddenly, there are protests throughout the country, and the massive rift between officers and the community continues to build. What would you do as the PR team? Have the NYPD apologize through official statements? How about the individual officers who are responsible? No? Okay, promote community policing? Allow the officers join the protests with signs and demand massive reforms, because after all, they are employees of the department?
Nah, you have a better idea. How about a pro-cop rally! What better way to say “we regret that we terrorize black and immigrant populations everyday” than to hold a huge rally in front of City Hall, encouraging people to bring banners that support these policies that kill innocent, unarmed people everyday! Perfect! There will definitely be a promotion in your future. Obviously, pro-cop rallies always, and we mean ALWAYS go well.
Now that we have an event planned, which obviously won’t have any counter-protests, how can we promote it? Hmm…social media? What about Twitter! I know, I know, #myNYPD didn’t work out so well but this is different, the police have unparalleled support in NYC! The urbanites here want to say thank you for all of the hard work carried out by our department everyday. There we go, I figured it out! #ThankYouNYPD!
….yes, it seems as if the NYPD PR team never learns:
The NYPD has a hashtag #thankyounypd GO! lets destroy it.
— Rosa A. Clemente (@rosaclemente) December 11, 2014
lol what did these cops think was going to happen #ThankYouNYPD — Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) December 11, 2014
YO! YO! YO! YO! THIS ———> #thankyounypd IS A THING. y’all know what to do #BlackLivesMatter #ICantBreathe #FTP
— liza (@blogdiva) December 11, 2014
They still haven’t learned with the hashtags. #ThankyouNYPD pic.twitter.com/LVy7V6MHoE — Greg Krieg (@GregJKrieg) December 11, 2014
For getting rid of those scum bag musicians in the subway… #ThankYouNYPD . Who likes music anyways, sooo last year pic.twitter.com/XLbgG4QIHE
— Anonymous (@YourAnonGlobal) December 11, 2014
#ThankYouNYPD for pummeling peaceful protesters & photographers in public parks http://t.co/th6L8X1J75
— L Mazzei (@515LM) December 11, 2014
From all of us on #bikenyc, #ThankYouNYPD: pic.twitter.com/h242UhMoVW
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) December 11, 2014
#ThankYouNYPD for beating our friend until his lung collapsed
— OWS People’s Puppets (@Power2thePuppet) December 11, 2014
#ThankYouNYPD for using the LRAD on me last Thursday. I didn’t like hearing in both my ears anyway.
— Shay Horse (@HuntedHorse) December 11, 2014
#NYPD cop Gerardo Laera accused of cashing stolen checks worth $7000. #ThankYouNYPD http://t.co/GxfFjzu4hV
— Copwatch (@Copwatch) December 13, 2014
#ThankYouNYPD “@Gothamist The NYPD has been using an LRAD sonic weapon against protesters at close range: http://t.co/F5PCCkPRbv””
— ambilevous (@ambilevous) December 13, 2014
“@KeeganNYC: Woman who said “May #AkaiGurley rot in hell” on #ThankYouNYPD FB page a NYPD Det http://t.co/cpjD9Jqzeb #ICantBreathe” Hey, @AP
— Fred Mertz (@S3nt13ntB31ng) December 13, 2014
RT”@estherxlwang: There’s a FB page of NYPD supporters called #ThankYouNYPD Check out these comments pic.twitter.com/5I3uhPGsXn” fix it jesus
— Sebastian (@SMptogo) December 13, 2014
#ThankYouNYPD for your consistently ethical conduct and dedication to equal justice under the law! pic.twitter.com/5S6V08LtX7
— Emily Robinson (@See_Em_Play) December 11, 2014
@LaIsladelCaribe @MissJupiter1957 #ThankYouNYPD #myNYPD .@NYPDnews
#ThankYouNYPD We all (well, most guys) like to eat a woman now and then! pic.twitter.com/EaSigNAMl8
— Thom Simmons (@MilburnCreek) December 13, 2014
#ThankYouNYPD for violently destroying black lives in the very communities you serve
— ( ಥـْـِـِـِـْಥ) (@datislandlife) December 12, 2014
#ThankYouNYPD for showing the world that systemic racism in America is still as much of an issue now as it was in '64 pic.twitter.com/cjlVxmsg89
— Mistress Pie (@MistressPie) December 12, 2014
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