Photo Fury: NYPD Photo Contest Ignites Backlash

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 9.04.06 AMA seemingly innocuous call to action by the New York City Police Department backfired in extraordinary fashion Tuesday.

In a tweet, the NYPD asked Twitter users to share pictures of them posing with a police officer with the hashtag “myNYPD.” The original tweet may give a sense of what the NYPD wanted:

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The responses came fast and furious — but they were likely not what the police department had in mind.

In a flurry of digital defiance, scores of users uploaded images appearing to show potential police brutality and other unflattering behavior.

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