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.