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Bed-Stuy Residents React to #MyNYPD Twitter Fail

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Suspicion of the New York Police Department runs deep in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. And so when the department asked Twitter users to post pictures of themselves with officers — and instead of posting smiling tourist pictures, users tweeted out photos of police officers tussling with protesters — Bed-Stuy residents weren't surprised.

Thirty-year-old Meek Jaffe, walking down Tompkins Avenue with a friend, said she couldn't recall any positive experiences she's had with cops — and that's true for most of the people she knows. "The history of police to civilian relationships hasn't been a good one and so when you want to implement a friendly relationship it doesn't happen overnight," she said. "It has to happen authentically."

Meek Jaffe (on right) with Simone Meyers. (Kathleen Horan/WNYC)

Another local, Naquana Bellamy, said she wouldn't have a friendly photo to post to Twitter, because she hasn't seen any warmth or openness from the NYPD. "I think they could do better," she said. "They don't need to just tweet — like, get to know the people in your community, 'Hi, how are you,' blah, blah — not just, you know, walking in groups, looking at everyone like they're suspect."

     Maurice Buchanan (Kathleen Horan/WNYC)

But not all residents were critical. Maurice Buchanan, 28, said, "I think it will get better. After awhile, people will start seeing they really are friendly and are really trying to help us out in the community."

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has said that most of the photos show "officers engaged lawfully in their communities." He said the NYPD will keep tweeting.

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Comments [3]

Eddie nyc

That's the entire article? Really?

Apr. 24 2014 05:56 PM
Isis from NYC

It's very easy for folks who look like most of the members of the NYPD and who do not live in any of the five boroughs of NYC to be dismissive of the historic mistreatment and outright abuse that others have suffered. I am a senior citizen living in a suburban neighborhood. As a former corporate executive, I know I do not look suspicious or act threateningly so I was initially bemused then saddened, when walking along a major thoroughfare in Manhattan, I came eye to eye with a white officer - I'm black - I nodded and said 'good morning' but to my amazement,the man gave me a dirty look. As a grandmother I couldn't help wondering where and who in heck reared this human to be so full of hate. Can anyone imagine how he would deal with a "suspicious-looking" minority?

Apr. 24 2014 09:28 AM
Andy Campbell from Putnam County, NY

I can't see evidence of misbehavior. (Of course,it's the context that gives the pictures their meaning, in any case.)

Apr. 24 2014 08:08 AM

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