Apparently CNN was a bit too naïve to notice this trend which is why they decided to initiate #AskACop on Twitter this week.
The hashtag which was meant to be used by viewers who wanted to tweet questions to officers for the town hall segment "Cops Under Fire,” hosted by Don Lemon, (obviously!) backfired when users flooded the social media forum with sarcastic questions in the light of recent incidents of police brutality – especially in Ferguson, New York City and Cleveland.
Yet again, people criticized police brutality and racial discrimination the African-American community faces during encounters with law enforcement officials.
Have a look at some of the scathing tweets:
#Askacop I have a math question: if 1 Black man has zero guns, zero knives and 2 hands, how many bullets does it take to disarm him?— Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) December 17, 2014
#AskACop how come white cops get away with murder? how come white cops racially profile? how come white cops are allowed to do anything?— ashlynn (@probloumatics) December 17, 2014
#AskACop is a hot dog a sandwich, and whats the deal with the institutionalized racism— D.Ecember 25th (@DougExeter) December 17, 2014
There were also some serious questions though:
Why are the fabled "good cops" so silent on the issue of rogue killer cops? #AskACop— Joshua Mensah (@jpkm_) December 17, 2014
I wanted to #AskACop why there seems to be so much of an aversion to body cameras...— Shayne I. (@darker_wes) December 17, 2014
#AskACop why St. Louis Police Union spokesperson, Jeff Roorda, was fired as a police officer for falsifying reports then hired by them— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) December 17, 2014
In the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, as well as the indictment of two police officers responsible for the deaths of Brown and Garner, the angry response was more or less expected. Maybe it’s time similar efforts to reach out to people were made on the ground instead of on the Internet.