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'Iconic' Image Of A Woman Facing Police At 'Black Lives Matter' Protest Goes Viral

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'Iconic' Image Of A Woman Facing Police At 'Black Lives Matter' Protest Goes Viral

This image of a woman standing defiantly in front of two armoured police officers has resonated with thousands of people after being shared on social media.

It was taken by Jonathan Bachman, a New Orleans-based photographer, who captured the moment perfectly.

According to the BBC, the image was snapped outside of the Baton Rouge police headquarters. A Black Lives Matter protest was mainly focused around that area on Saturday.


The Beeb managed to speak to the photographer, who captured the moment via email. He told them: "I was on the side of the road photographing protesters arguing with police.

"I looked over my right shoulder and saw the woman step onto the road. She was making her stand. She said nothing and was not moving. It was clear that the police were going to have to detain her."

Shaun King, a senior justice reporter at the New York Daily News newspaper, shared the image. The top comment from someone called Jami West, said: "Look at her posture. She is balanced, powerful, upright and well-grounded with both feet firmly planted on the earth. Look at the line made from the crown of her head to the heels of her feet. She is only protected by the force of her own personal power.

"By contrast, the officers have the transitory, temporary, protection of their equipment that will be removed at the end of their shift. They are rocked back on their heels, knocked off balance, and appear about to fall over backward, just from the power of her.


"This is a legendary picture. It will be in history and art books from this time."

Which kind of says it all, really.

Words by Mel Ramsay

Featured image credit: PA Images

Topics: American, Black Lives Matter, Arrest, Protest

Mel Ramsay
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