This Black Lives Matter Photo From Baton Rouge Is Going To Become Iconic

11/07/2016 14:30

Across the United States, demonstrations are taking place to protest the treatment of black people at the hands of American police. 

The protests erupted nationwide following the deaths of two black men - Alton Sterling, who was shot and killed by police outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by a policeman during a traffic stop in Minneapolis.

Hundreds were arrested at a demonstration outside Baton Rouge’s police headquarters on Saturday, but it is this one photograph, taken by Jonathan Bachman, which has resonated across the world.


The woman in the photograph is now believed to be Ieshia Evans, a 28-year-old mother and nurse from New York, who was attending her first protest, the Daily Mail reports. 

Bachman told The Atlantic police in riot gear were moving protesters off the Airline Highway to the side of the road when he saw the woman calmly plant her feet and refuse to leave. He said, for the most part, the demonstrations in the city have been peaceful and the woman’s actions reflected that:

It happened quickly, but I could tell that she wasn’t going to move, and it seemed like she was making her stand. To me it seemed like: You’re going to have to come and get me. And I just thought it seemed like this was a good place to get in position and make an image, just because she was there in her dress and you have two police officers in full riot gear.

It wasn’t very violent. She didn’t say anything. She didn’t resist, and the police didn’t drag her off.

The woman was released from police custody late Sunday evening, according to New York Daily News reporter Shaun King.

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