A picture showing a woman in a dress standing with her arms crossed in front of a line of armed police is making rounds on the internet.
The woman, identified as 28-year-old nurse’s assistant Ieshia Evans, was attending the protest at the time of her arrest. According to Natasha Haynes, Evans’ friend, she came down to Baton Rouge following the death of Alton Sterling. Evans “wanted a better future for her five year old son,” Haynes said.
As reported by the Atlantic, the picture (which can be viewed at the bottom of the story) was taken by New Orleans based freelance photographer Jonathan Bachman, who had arrived to the scene of the protests on Thursday and again on Saturday.
Describing the site, Bachman said the Airline Highway had been blocked by a group of protesters. This prompted law enforcement to come out and clear the demonstrators to the side of the road. Three or four people who crossed the line created by the police had been arrested. There, Bachman said, he saw a woman who was standing in the first lane on the road.
“It happened quickly, but I could tell that she wasn’t going to move, and it seemed like she was making her stand,” Bachman said. “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.”
Haynes said Evans had left her son in New York to participate in the demonstrations. After her arrest, she was held overnight and eventually booked and released. Currently she is in a hotel room in Louisiana.
“It wasn’t very violent,” Bachman added. “She didn’t say anything. She didn’t resist, and the police didn’t drag her off.”
More than 100 arrests came amid the protests in Baton Rouge on Saturday. As reported by the Daily Mail, Black Lives Matter member DeRay McKesson was also arrested. According to Louisiana State spokesman Major Doug Cain, majority of the arrests made on Saturday were charged with “obstruction of a highway.”
Also read: ‘Making A Murderer’ Update: Steven Avery Is Innocent, ‘It’s Very Clear,’ According To Tricia Bushnell
Have good news to share? Email the editor.