The NYPD has taken to shaming homeless people on Flickr
A Flickr account opened by a union representing the NYPD has uploaded over 200 photos of homeless people with degrading captions.
Some, for example, include a photo of a man sleeping on the sidewalk, with the caption "bed and breakfast."
SBA president Ed Mullins believes the Flickr account is an attack against the de Blasio's administration for not taking accountability for its citizens.
He writes, "noting that more cops are being recorded on the job, shouldn’t accountability go both ways? We, the ‘Good Guys,’ are sworn to protect our citizens. Shouldn’t our public officials be held to the same standard?” Mullins encouraged both citizens and police to contribute to the account and send pictures to raise awareness of the growing problem of homelessness in New York City.
Of course, it seems the real victims of these photos are not the public officials who are charged with improving the situation for the homeless, but the homeless people who are being used, without their consent, to make this point.
Facts about homelessness in new york city:
There are about 58,761 people in homeless shelters in New York City on any given night.
The number of people in shelters has risen 72% in the past ten years.
Approximately 57% of homeless New Yorkers in shelters are African American.
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