Unlike most RIP tributes, this one was always poised to generate controversy, since some believe Brown was merely a criminal shot by Officer Darren Wilson in self-defense.
The comments range from disapproving ("You do realize he punched a cop in the face right?") to demeaning (many referring to the late teen as a "thug"), to blatantly racist. There are also plenty of supportive comments, including one in response to fans claiming they'll unfollow the pop star: "Bye! Yonce doesn't want people who don't know the value of a human life."
Since the killing, former Officer Darren Wilson, who left the force at the same time a grand jury declined to indict him, has lived in seclusion outside of St. Louis.