Big Bloomberg Is Watching: NYPD Fingerprints Fake NYPD Ads
I'm out of town on art adventures but was just recently made aware of this ad takeover turned NYPD investigation surrounding the OWS anniversary. All I can say is wow! I truly feel that these messaging boards disguised as public payphones, which are most often used for commercial messages that contribute to detrimental social behavior and rampant consumption should be available for public use. That said, criticizing the NYPD is clearly an aggressive move which has garnered an equally aggressive response, fingerprinting, and what will surely result in some sort of arrest. I hope those involved wore gloves, and if not that they have a well thought out argument for why their use of that space should be justifiable behavior. God speed.
The fingerprinting response, which was spotted by a tipster this afternoon, seems a little different from how NYPD spokesman Paul Browne seemed to feel about the posters—which carried messages like "DRONES, protection when you least expect it"—when asked about them earlier. "[It] appears to be NYPD critics subjecting us to a droll attack," he told reporters.
But thank goodness the cops are taking this crime seriously. Who knows, maybe they can repeat that free subway fiasco and falsely connect the posters to some cold case murders before the year is out!