After the Twitter account for the New York Police Department’s 76th Precinct sent out a message about recovering a gun off the street, an NYPD cop responded in an unexpected way. Officer Gwendolyn Bishop responded that the subsequent arrest made for a “Sad day for the 76th Pct. #Blacklivesmatter.”
Bishop was soon on the receiving end of inter-departmental charges about improper public conduct. According to Bishop and her attorney, she meant to write “#Bluelivesmatter” and her phone autocorrected to “#Blacklivesmatter.”
“I vaguely remember the tweets,” Bishop would later tell Commissioner David Weisel. “If I had to guess, there were a lot of changes in my precinct about shifts being switched, but it had nothing to do about this gun arrest.”
Bishop’s attorney claimed that Bishop later corrected the tweet and sent out messages containing the message of “#Bluelivesmatter.” Bishop’s account was later disabled, and the replies to the original tweet were turned off.
According to the New York Daily News, the tweet was the latest incident of misconduct from Officer Bishop.
“Department heads also accused Bishop of mouthing off to superior officers and for violating departmental rules such as taking a break without informing a superior, going over a supervisor’s head to get approval for time off and conducting vertical patrols on her own,” the paper reported.