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'Iconic' image of Baton Rouge protests spreads via social media

8 years 1 week 2 days ago Monday, July 11 2016 Jul 11, 2016 July 11, 2016 8:39 AM July 11, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
Image: Reuters

BATON ROUGE - A photo of a protester being detained by Baton Rouge Police over the weekend is spreading via social media with many already calling the image iconic.

Jonathan Bachman, a freelance photographer, snapped the picture on Saturday afternoon during demonstrations at BRPD Headquarters on Airline Highway. Hundreds of people turned out to protest the shooting death of Alton Sterling on Friday evening, during the day on Saturday and again on Sunday night. The image was originally posted by Reuters.

In the image, two officers in full riot gear are preparing to take a rather serene looking woman into custody.

The image was quickly spread through social media with many people quick to call it one of the most striking pictures captured of protest activity over the weekend in the Capital City.

The New York Daily News identified the woman as 35-year-old Ieshia Evans. Evans is a nurse and mother of a young boy. She was booked on an obstruction of a highway charge with her address listed in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. She posted her booking photo to Facebook upon her release.

“It happened quickly, but I could tell that she wasn’t going to move, and it seemed like she was making her stand,” said the freelance photographer who took the picture in an interview with The Atlantic magazine.

The woman took to Facebook on Monday morning to issue a statement.

“I appreciate the well wishes and love, but this is the work of God,” wrote Evans, later describing herself as a proud licensed practical nurse. “I’m glad I’m alive and safe and that there were no casualties that I have witnessed firsthand.”

On Sunday, police announced 102 people had been arrested during Saturday's protest activities after officers made a concerted effort to keep protests peaceful and traffic flowing on Baton Rouge’s roadways. Sunday saw more than 50 arrests when a Sterling protest on Government Street became tense as a large police presence was required to disperse marching demonstrators.

Protests were underway following a week that saw multiple fatal officer-involved shootings across the country. Baton Rouge became a flash point after a 37-year-old black man was shot dead outside of a Baton Rouge convenience store early last Tuesday morning.

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