NYPD commissioner responds to #myNYPD Twitter fiasco

The NYPD launched a Twitter campaign Tuesday asking New Yorkers to share their pictures of New York's finest at work using #myNYPD. It backfired in epic proportions.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   April 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

NEW YORK, April 24 (UPI) -- NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton responded to the unintended results of the #myNYPD Twitter campaign, saying police actions sometimes just "look awful."

"The reality of policing is that oftentimes are activities are lawful but they look awful -- and that's the reality," Bratton told reporters Wednesday. "What we're trying to do is be more open, more transparent and we are going to engage in everything that will allow us to do that including expanding use of Twitter and tweet."

Bratton's comments are in response to the hundreds of photos tweeted to the NYPD of police using excessive force using the campaign's #myNYPD.

Despite the embarrassing backlash, Bratton seemed unfazed and said, "I kind of welcome the attention...We really broke the numbers yesterday."

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