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March 12, 2013

#BrooklynRiot vs. #BrooklynProtest

Words used to describe angry gathering in New York City stirs debate.
Demonstrators wear shirts with the likeness of 16-year-old Kimani Gray during a march protesting a New York Police Department shooting of the boy, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, March 11, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A vigil became a heated gathering on Monday; one that mainstream and social media differed on how to define.

Brooklyn residents gathered on Monday evening to honour 16-year-old Kimani Gray, who was shot and killed by two undercover police officers. Details of the shooting still remain unclear.

When vigil attendees marched to the 67th police precinct, they were met by officers in riot gear. The event quickly became known on Twitter as #BrooklynRiot, and news outlets used 'Riot' in their headlines. Conversation online soon questioned use of the word 'riot'.