People Wonder: 'If They Gunned Me Down,' What Photo Would Media Use?

August 11, 2014 6:24 PM

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The use of different photos to portray shooting victim Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Saturday, prompted an interesting phenomenon on Twitter Monday: Users are posting "dueling" photos of themselves – one where the subject looks wholesome, and another where the same person might look like a troublemaker – with the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown.

Behind the trend is the question of which photo the media would seize upon, if the posters had a run-in with police. For some, it's another way this episode calls to mind the shooting death of Trayvon Martin – and the various photos used to portray both the teenager and his killer, George Zimmerman.

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