Twitter uses #IfIWereACop hashtag to take jabs at law enforcement
Twitter account @WorldOfHashtags created the hashtag as its part of its weekly event.
Many took the opportunity to criticize police, accusing them of being unaccountable and behaving violently toward innocent suspects, particularly minorities.
#IfIWereACop I'd be fired and blackballed from the department within the first week for whistleblowing.— Matt Manzella (@MatManz) January 11, 2016
#IfIWereACop I'd probably have to shoot myself... I'm a minority.— Matt Huisenga (@McMexicans) January 11, 2016
Others expressed their support for police officers, noting arising from situations on the job and from the current climate of public scrutiny.
#IfIWereACop I probably wouldn't get enough respect for putting my life on the line— Harriet Clare (@harrietclare321) January 11, 2016
Though the entertainment value of the social media phenomenon was eclipsed by tweets demonstrating allegiances to political causes, some users tweeted from a lighter angle. Perhaps ignoring the rigors and responsibilities of the position, many users tweeted about their fantasy scenarios they’d like to have as cops.
#IfIWereACop I would confiscate all of your weed, and hotbox the cruiser.— JAMES DANKO (@Dick_Nouglass) January 11, 2016
#IfIWereACop I would demand free donuts from all stores. Just kidding, Id just ask for a discount on them.🍩🍩🍩— Shane Hemmings (@shanefrazier13) January 11, 2016
Others just played the hashtag for laughs.