How #iftheygunnedmedown drew media into Michael Brown furore

How #iftheygunnedmedown drew media into Michael Brown furore
By Chris Harris
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The media has been dragged into protests over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in the US.

CJ Lawrence, a criminal defence lawyer, took to Twitter to highlight what pictures media were using of Michael Brown, 18, who died in St Louis, Missouri, following a struggle with police on Saturday (August 9).

One was of Brown listening to music, the other of him in a sports shirt making what some have suggested is a gang sign with his hands.

Black Twitter #IfTheyGunnedMeDown Is The Movement We've Been Waiting For via

— #NP ON 87.7FM BOSTON (@B87PLAY) August 12, 2014

Lawrence, who seemingly perceived the media were choosing to use the sports photo over the other, began what became a hugely-popular trending topic.

He posted a tweet with two pictures – one of him graduating, the other in a less favourable light with a bottle of alcohol in his hand. He then asked which picture the media would use if he was shot dead, spawning the hashtag #iftheygunnedmedown

Yes let's do that: Which photo does the media use if the police shot me down?

— YoungGifted&Black✊ (@CJ_musick_lawya) August 10, 2014

The hastag has been tweeted 160,000 times, double the popularity, at the time of writing, of #RobinWilliamsWillLiveOnForever

How the popularity spread…

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown is responding to media portrayals of young black men killed by police.

— WNYC (@WNYC) August 12, 2014

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Confronts How Minority Deaths Are Portrayed in Media

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) August 12, 2014

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown which picture would the media influence yall mind with?

— ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (@KINGDXVID) August 11, 2014

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Tweets should be required reading in every journalism class in America.

— JRehling (@JRehling) August 10, 2014

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