LAPD targeted on Twitter after NY police backlash
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Taking their cue from tweets bashing the New York Police Department, Twitter critics of Los Angeles police have been posting photos of people roughed up or injured in scuffles with officers in the nation’s second-biggest city.
The NYPD has been stung by a public relations backlash after a Twitter request that people post feel-good photos of people posing with officers. It led to the posting of hundreds of recycled images of alleged police brutality and has now spread to other cities.
Some tweets under the hashtag #myLAPD mentioned referenced officers who recently tampered with in-car recording equipment in order to avoid being monitored. One included a photo of a woman who fell out of a moving police cruiser. Another put up images from a May Day melee in 2007 that resulted in punishment for many officers.
An email seeking comment from the LAPD was not immediately returned.