NYPD tweets 'you can't handle the truth' in apparent nod to civilian deaths


The New York Police Department social media strategy got the force in hot water again on Monday.

NYPD Twitter accounts have endured a series of well-documented fails in recent months, and a precinct did not do itself any favors Monday when it tweeted Jack Nicholson's famous courtroom rant from the blockbuster movie "A Few Good Men."

The midtown precinct, which covers Times Square, among other areas, fired off a since-deleted "motivational" tweet citing the famous movie monologue. The post was first flagged by Slate.

The rant tweeted by police comes from the courtroom scene where Col. Nathan Jessup, Nicholson's character, explains the rationale behind a "code red" order issued at a Marine base.

Jessup's infamous diatribe justifies the extreme violence used against the innocent man that led to his death.

NYPD officers have come under fire, and intense protests, in the wake of Staten Island man Eric Garner dying shortly after being arrested.

Video showed Garner, and African American, being taken down by a group of officers, with one using a tactical maneuver many feel is a chokehold -- a move that is prohibited under NYPD rules. He then was shown on the ground gasping for air.

"I can't breathe," he repeatedly said. Those words have become a rallying cry for anti-police protestors around the world.

A grand jury felt otherwise and declined to indict the cop for Garner's death.

The decision came came only weeks after a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict ex-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for gunning down unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

Monday's NYPD tweet is the latest in a line of social media mishaps for the country's largest police department.

The highly-publicized gaffes have been piling up after police officials insisted earlier this year that each precinct set up its own Twitter feed, and that "New York's finest" be funnier online.

The accounts were meant to be a form of community outreach.

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