A Brooklyn cop is in hot water with the NYPD after she replied to a department Twitter post with the hash tag “Blacklivesmatter,” the Daily News has learned.
Police Officer Gwendolyn Bishop, who is black, was hit with departmental charges for inappropriately writing on the 76th Precinct Twitter page, when she replied to a Feb. 17 2016 post about a gun arrest in her precinct by an NYPD Special Ops team.
“Sad day for the 76th Pct. #Blacklivesmatter,” she wrote.
Bishop posted the remarks under her personal twitterhandle @ducklipzanddimplzz, officials said. While the initial tweet remains, the replies have been taken down, as has Bishop’s Twitter account.
The four and a half-year veteran told her superiors that she didn’t remember replying to the post, and that she rarely uses Twitter.
When pressed at her departmental trial Tuesday, she said she meant to write #Bluelivesmatter — and blamed her phone’s autocorrect for the mishap.
She posted the comment three times, using #bluelivesmatter in two of them, her attorney John Tynan noted.
Bishop said she was not directly responding to the gun arrest.
“I vaguely remember the tweets,” she told 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.”
The tweet she responded to simply read: “#76Pct Special Ops Team makes arrest and recovers a loaded 9MM hand gun #onelessgun.”
Tynan said Bishop did not violate any of the NYPD’s social media rules because she didn’t access the account.
Her replies were from her private Twitter account, he said.
“She can reply to a tweet just as the 500 million others who use Twitter can,” Tynan said.
The NYPD has strict guidelines about who can post to a precinct’s official page as well as the contents in the posts.
Her private Twitter account did not identify her as a cop in any way, Tynan said.
Lt. Steven Rios, the 76th Precinct’s integrity control officer, said that a picture on Bishop’s now defunct Twitter page was the same as on her Facebook page, where she identified herself as a cop who patrols Red Hook. The 76th Precinct covers Red Hook, as well as Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill.
The Twitter account also goes to a Veronica Bishop, which is the cop’s middle name.
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.
If found guilty of all the violations, Bishop could lose up to 30 vacation days and be put on a year probation, officials said.