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NYPD's Twitter request for photos backfires

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© In this May 1, 2012, file photo, a police lieutenant swings his baton at Occupy Wall Street activists in New York. © In this May 1, 2012, file photo, a police lieutenant swings his baton at Occupy Wall Street activists in New York.
NEW YORK -

A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired - in a very public way.

Its request that Twitter users share pictures of them posing with police officers has caused people to start sending in photos of police brutality.

The NYPD sent a tweet on Tuesday, saying it might feature the photographs on its Facebook page.

The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall Street tweeted a photograph of cops battling protesters with the caption "changing hearts and minds one baton at a time."

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.

NYPD spokeswoman Kim Royster says the uncensored and open dialogue was good for the city.

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