NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A tweet by an NYPD deputy commissioner has triggered criticism on Twitter, and now, he’s had to admit it was not a good idea.
As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, Zach Tumin is the deputy commissioner of strategic initiatives for the NYPD and in charge of the twitter outreach program.
Tumin said social media is a must-have tool for law enforcement, but this time he got a lesson in how social media can backfire.
Tumin was tweeting about a report from the Treatment Advocacy Center that says untreated mental illness is a growing factor in law enforcement shootings.
The report says at least half the people shot and killed by police each year are believed to have mental health problems.
Tumin tweeted: “This is a real problem, evrywhre…. People off their meds r losing it & wlking into police bullets.”
Legal experts say the department is trying a new way to get its message…
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