NYPD Official Apologizes After Police Captain’s Tweet

Originally published in the Daily News

NYPD official apologizes after police captain sends snarky tweet about woman’s death

Capt. Thomas Harnisch of the 25th Precinct tweeted from his personal account, ‘Let me guess, driver’s fault right?’ in reference to a woman fatally struck by a subway train at Union Square on Saturday. The tweet was directed at Keegan Stephan, an organizer with pedestrian advocacy group Right of Way.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 2:26 AM
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NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiROBERT SABO/NEW YORK DAILY NEWSCapt. Thomas Harnisch’s Twitter tirade accidentally shifted from his personal account to his Harlem precinct’s official account.

A top NYPD official apologized on Monday after a police captain’s Twitter tirade accidentally shifted from his personal account to his Harlem precinct’s official account.

On Sunday, Capt. Thomas Harnisch of the 25th Precinct tweeted from his personal account, “Let me guess, driver’s fault right?” in reference to a woman fatally struck by a subway train at Union Square on Saturday.

The tweet was directed at Keegan Stephan, an organizer with pedestrian advocacy group Right of Way.

The precinct commander quickly realized his mistake and deleted the tweet from the official account and set his personal account to private.

“(Harnisch) recognized right away that this is something he didn’t want to have happened, and it should not have happened,” said Zachary Tumin, NYPD’s head of strategic initiatives.

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