Sick images emerge as part of ‘challenge’
The internet can be a wonderful thing - a place where people from around the world can feel connected by the hope of a more tolerant future.
But it can just as easily become a cesspit for content that should never be shared.
Pictures of two teens re-enacting the death of George Floyd for Snapchat fall into the latter category.
In the photograph, one teen kneels on the other teen's neck and smiles. The photograph is captioned "George Floyd Challenge".
Floyd, 46, a black man living in Minneapolis, died last Monday after police officer Derek Chauvin put a knee in his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
Floyd's hands were cuffed behind his back and he repeatedly asked officers to release the pressure on his neck so he could breathe.
His death has sparked protests across the US as Americans call for an end to black deaths in custody.
But the photograph shared on Snapchat proves not everyone is taking the matter seriously.
On Twitter, users shared the image to highlight their disgust. One user called it a "complete disregard for human life". Another said it was "the most disturbing and insensitive thing I have ever seen".
British newspaper the Newcastle Evening Chronicle reports three teens were arrested for a possible hate crime after sharing a similar photograph.
The image, posted to Snapchat, shows one teen resting his knee on the neck of a second teen.
The boys both appear to be laughing at the prank.
The picture includes the caption "police brutality".
The Chronicle reports the two boys and a third person who took the photograph were arrested late Sunday on "suspicion of sending communications causing anxiety and distress".
A spokesperson for Northumbria Police told the newspaper: "We understand that this social media post has caused significant upset and we want to reassure the public it is being investigated robustly and is being treated as a hate crime."
The trio have been released on bail.
In the US, state and city leaders are grappling with the challenge of ending protests while not stamping out freedom of speech.
Strict curfews are in place in dozens of cities across America and President Donald Trump is promising the uprising will be met with force if protesters do not stop demonstrating.
Trump warned the US military will be deployed "dominate the streets" if governors are unable to quell protests with the help of the National Guard.
"We have the greatest country in the world," the president declared. "We're going to keep it safe."
Originally published as Sick images emerge as part of 'challenge'