Cops Posting Pictures of Homeless People Online — Public Shame?



NEW YORK, NY — A deeply unsettling report has surfaced according to which NYPD cops and their supporters are calling for people to “snap photos” of poor homeless Americans.

They then post the photos online in an attempt to bring attention to the people pictured.

Many homeless people are returning vets or victims of mental illness and poverty.

It is too bad that they now have to have their photos passed around online by police, on top of all the rest of their problems.

In July of 2011, cops went so far as to target an innocent homeless man and beat him to death. The beating death was captured on video, but the cops were not charged.


The Sergeants Benevolent Association is said to be behind the latest move to take pictures of the homeless, lumping them in with other kinds of people:

“As you travel about the city of New York, please utilize your smartphones to photograph the homeless lying in our streets, aggressive panhandlers, people urinating in public or engaging in open-air drug activity, and quality-of-life offenses of every type,” says the letter from SBA President Ed Mullins.

Soon enough, people started uploading pictures.

One of the first pictures shows a panhandler asking for money by cars at a red light.

Another shows what appears to be a homeless man using cardboard boxes as a bed.

“Our friends, family, and members of the public are free to take photos as they see fit,” Mullins said.
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  • Sara K

    pictures are being sent here, [email protected] send middle fingers instead 🙂

  • Sonia Collins

    The police should hide the faces of the homeless in the photos out of respect for what is left of their privacy. However I see the police’s point that care of the homeless and mentally ill on the street should not be left to law enforcement to deal with in random encounters with few choices about where the people can go. The responsibility belongs to all citizens. The solution for homelessness must include truly affordable permanent housing. The solution for mental illness includes a stable mental health system, and in my opinion, prevention by ending the stresses caused by racism, poverty and war, that send people over the edge.

    • goob

      Well yeah hey let’s start by making them feel even worse than they do already by posting pictures of their personal hell online. Because it’s the compassionate thing to do because maybe then somebody will do something. Good Lord. :/

      • Sonia Collins

        I doubt that the photographed people will have iphones or laptops.

        • Gary Williams Jr.

          that’s not the point! how about if we take pictures of you in your worst possible circumstances?

    • Gary Williams Jr.

      until the people rise up against the banks, and corporations nothing will change. the last REAL president we had that killed the bank was a. Jackson. no such man exists these days

      • Tom Lowe

        Wrong: Trump is here.

    • Tom Lowe

      NYC would do well to hire more psychologists and less police. But corruption rules the day, and so the place is destined to become nothing but a huge smoking hole ….

  • Gary Williams Jr.

    I hope that when these cop sucking boot lickers takes a pic of the homeless, they get up, rob them of their camera’s and stuff. and beat the shit out of them for they are treated. these cops don’t give a flying fuck about the homeless. they just want to catalogue them, so they can have a file of patsies to pin shit on to pump up their quotas…..punks, pussies, and cowards

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  • Scott Nyzio

    thats it. im making a website tonight for everyone to post pictures of cops they see. don’t blur out the face or badge number. make sure to get a picture of them doing something courageous and heroic.. oh wait that might be harder than i think. lets see how long the website lasts before its taken down because the police are “scared and threatened”

  • Jordan

    Hey cops, guess what? These people that live on welfare (or are denied it for any reason) are being paid (or neglected) by the same means as you! Stop being parasites on the general public and do your job! PROTECT AND SERVE, do not harass your citizens, morons.

  • Reinhold Von Kirschmann

    So NOW can they be classified as terrorists????! Scumbag rogue cops! The NYPD TERRORISTS need to be removed!

  • Michelle M

    I agree that this is wrong, but it seems a bit hypocritical to add images of homeless people with this article. Is this not the same action which you are condemning?

  • Tom Lowe

    The fact that the people from the Sergeants Benevolent Criminal and Corruption Gang are stiil walking the streets proves that BLM is nothing but a phony propaganda front. If BLM were for real, they would have eliminated every single one of these corrupt criminal creeps.