This is not what the NYPD had in mind.
A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired in a very public way.
On Tuesday, the offical @NYPDNews account sent a Tweet asking that users share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, saying it might feature the photographs on its Facebook page.
Instead, the suggested hashtag of #myNYPD was quickly hijacked by photos of police brutality.
Individuals and groups like Occupy Wall Street NYC started tweeting photos like these:
Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.
Some respondents did send in the type of police-friendly photographs officials were hoping to get.
But most of the photos were more like this:
NYPD spokeswoman Kim Royster says the uncensored and open dialogue was good for the city, however one Twitter user may have summed up all of the #fail best with this tweet: