The New York Daily News is hardly known for its subtle newspaper covers, but Thursday's edition had many reeling.
The cover displayed a large photo of Alton Sterling's body with the sprawling words, "His hands were empty." Sterling, a 37-year-old black man and father of four, was fatally shot by white police officers in Baton Rouge Tuesday. Protests and public outcry about police brutality have escalated as videos of his death have widely circulated.
But the graphic nature of the Daily News' Thursday cover has sparked a new debate — too much or not enough?
@NYDailyNews really?! Did this actually have to be the front cover?!— Paola Massiel (@_PaolaMassiel) July 7, 2016
And now I'll have to avoid the @NYDailyNews covers all day tomorrow. I do not get this judgement call.— Abby West (@AbbyWestNYC) July 7, 2016
@NYDailyNews Tasteless. Not like I expected better but really? Leave him some dignity.— Cristin McGrath (@CristinMcGrath) July 7, 2016
.@NYDailyNews DELETE THIS NOW. STOP USING BLACK DEATH FOR YOUR ECONOMIC GAIN.— Brotha B (@BlakeDontCrack) July 7, 2016
Putting a picture of a corpse on the front page, have y'all no shame?! @NYDailyNews— Hobbes (@flawedfacade) July 7, 2016
And to all those who think it's "tasteless"? If that was my father I'd want that picture on a billboard. @NYDailyNews— Wendy Harmer (@wendy_harmer)July 7, 2016
@NYDailyNews This need to be shown.— MÃĆ (@TheeRobMac) July 7, 2016
@NYDailyNews Thank you for making sure as many people see this as possible.— John Reynolds (@jpreynolds88) July 7, 2016