A remarkable contrast is depicted as police officers dressed in full riot gear rush towards a female protester dressed in a breezy summer dress to drag her away. It’s rapidly making its way to being one of the most iconic photos especially after the recent tragic event in the United States. The image was captured by photographer Jonathan Bachman last Saturday when he was covering the protest against the killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge Louisiana.
According to Bachman, the protesters were holding up traffic on the highway when police officers showed up to clear the road of demonstrators. As most of the demonstrators moved away and some yelled at the officers, one woman firmly but quietly stood her ground.
“I photographed someone arguing with an officer and then I looked over my shoulder and saw her there and she had every intention of not moving,” said Bachman. “She just stood there and made her stand. I was just happy to be able to capture something like that.”
The photo is now making its viral rounds across social media. Some have compared it to the Tank Man photo from Tian An Men Square protest in Beijing during 1989, where an unidentified man stood in front of a column of tanks to obstruct their path. The video footage and image of the Tank Man were filmed the morning after the Chinese military took the protesters in Tian An Men Square by force.
Others have compared the Baton Rouge police department to fictional iconic armies like the Imperial Stormtroopers from Star Wars, RoboCop, and even Juggernauts from Call of Duty.
— Matt Haney (@MattHaneySF) July 10, 2016
— Jacob Vail (@JacobVail1) July 10, 2016
— Cornelia (@PaladinCornelia) July 10, 2016
As the protest progressed deeper into the night, it did not remain entirely peaceful. A statement was issued by the Baton Rouge Police Department:
The protest last night at Baton Rouge Police Headquarters organized by individuals from outside our Baton Rouge community resulted in 102 arrests. In addition to the arrests, 3 rifles, 3 shotguns and 2 pistols were confiscated. A Baton Rouge Police Officer had several of his teeth knocked out as a projectile was thrown from the protest.
It appears the protest at Baton Rouge Police Headquarters have become more violent as out of town protesters are arriving. Any protest which becomes violent will be immediately dispersed.
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