#MyNYPD Backfires: Alleged Misconduct Is Trending

The New York Police Department seems to have invited a flood of negative tweets with its #MyNYPD hashtag, including photos of alleged police brutality.

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton took to rhyme in explaining that often police “actions are lawful, but they look awful,” Reuters reports. One of the more cringe-worthy images attached to #MyNYPD is an officer who appears to be ready to shoot a prone man’s dog.

What does #MyNYPD reveal about police brutality and misconduct?

#MyNYPD Has Opposite of Intended Effect

The NYPD’s official Twitter account went public Tuesday with its #MyNYPD hashtag, inviting New Yorkers to “submit pictures of themselves with NYPD cops using the hashtag #mynypd”:

Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook. pic.twitter.com/mE2c3oSmm6

– NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 22, 2014

What followed was an avalanche of negative images involving NYPD officers, many of which were described as evidence of police brutality. Bratton noted to The Associated Press that while it wasn’t exactly the reaction they had expected, the backlash isn’t going to “change any of [the NYPD's] efforts to be very active on social media.”

Going even further, Bratton said that he “kind of welcome[s] the attention,” with more than 110,000 tweeters responding to the #MyNYPD campaign, reports the New York Daily News. It didn’t take long for similar hashtags to crop up targeting police in metro areas like Los Angeles and Miami.

How to Deal With Police Misconduct

While venting on Twitter is a good way to give police departments a PR black eye, there are more effective ways of dealing with police misconduct:

Using the #MyNYPD hashtag may be satisfying for those frustrated with the police, but it may not get victims the compensation or police reform they deserve.

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How Do You Legally Dispose of Prescription Drugs?

This Saturday is the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

While the name may sound a bit silly, the nationwide event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way for people to legally dispose of prescription medication that is either expired or unwanted, according to the Office of Diversion Control.

Although most people are aware of the dangers of medication abuse, not everyone knows that improperly disposing of drugs can harm the environment.

What’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day?

The Eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Several collection sites are located at local police departments and you can search for a location near you by visiting the Office of Diversion Control’s website.

So far, this annual event has been fairly successful. In 2011, nearly 200 tons of expired or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medication was properly disposed of. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is intended to limit access to unused prescription drugs and alert the public to the health hazards associated with improper drug disposal.

How to Dispose of Drugs

If you’re unable to make it to a collection center for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, there are legal methods you can employ to safely get rid of your drugs.

  • Check with your state’s environmental agency. Some states,

Morning Docket: 04.24.14

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“Oklahoma Supreme Court lets executions go forward; Justices lift stay after ruling inmates don’t have right to know source of drugs”

“Oklahoma Supreme Court lets executions go forward; Justices lift stay after ruling inmates don’t have right to know source of drugs”: Nolan Clay has this front page article today in The Oklahoman.

In today’s edition of The Tulsa World, Ziva Branstetter and Barbara Hoberock have a front page article headlined “Path to executions cleared as Oklahoma Supreme Court reverses lower court’s ruling; It reverses a court’s ruling that Oklahoma’s execution-secrecy law is unconstitutional.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Oklahoma court rejects death-row inmates’ claims.”

Yesterday’s ruling of the Supreme Court of Oklahoma consisted of a per curiam opinion and an opinion concurring in the result.


“Top court rejects award for Pa. child porn victim”

“Top court rejects award for Pa. child porn victim”: Tracie Mauriello has this front page article today in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Today’s edition of The Houston Chronicle contains a front page article headlined “Supreme Court ups the ante for porn victims; Court limits amount defendant must pay in Texas abuse case.” You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.

Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has an article headlined “US Supreme Court limits restitution payments to child pornography victims; The Supreme Court said federal law does not require a defendant to pay the entire amount of a multimillion-dollar restitution award owed to a child pornography victim whose abuse is depicted in images widely distributed on the Internet.”

Cheryl Wetzstein of The Washington Times reports that “Divided court strikes down big porn award; Victim sought $3.4M from one viewer.”

And David Kravets of Ars Technica reports that “Online child porn victims lose at Supreme Court; Victims can’t recoup 100% of damages from criminals who viewed their images online.”


“Will the Supreme Court Address Louisiana’s Flawed Jury System? By allowing non-unanimous verdicts in murder trials, the state makes it possible for prosecutors to accept minority jurors — and then discount their views.”

“Will the Supreme Court Address Louisiana’s Flawed Jury System? By allowing non-unanimous verdicts in murder trials, the state makes it possible for prosecutors to accept minority jurors — and then discount their views.” Andrew Cohen has this essay online at The Atlantic.    

You Fell Asleep? Please.

drunk passed out

Hey, The Juice wasn’t born yesterday, or the day before that, or … this gent clearly thinks the police were. He “fell asleep” at 3:10 a.m. on the subway? As reported by brooklynpaper.com in the police blotter for the 84th Precinct (Brooklyn Heights–DUMBO–Boerum Hill–Downtown):

A thief swiped a sleeping man’s wallet on a Coney Island-bound N train on April 6, according to the authorities.

The victim said he went out for drinks in Manhattan and that when he boarded the train at Herald Square at 3:10 am, his wallet was in his front pocket. He said he fell asleep immediately and did not wake up until the train reached the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center stop, at which point he discovered that his billfold had been lifted, cops said.

Just so it’s clear, the guy goes out drinking on Saturday night, and is on the train at 3:10 a.m. on Sunday morning when he “falls asleep.” Really? He must be one sound sleeper, not waking up as someone took his billfold from his front pocket. Please. Does anyone really believe the dude was not 100% passed out? It was in his front pocket! Anyway, as for what the perp got …

The wallet contained debit and credit cards, a MetroCard, and $100 in cash, according to a police report.

Hey, it could have been worse (iPhone, watch, clothes [like he would have noticed?]).