- A photo captured by a Reuters photographer has been hailed as “powerful” and “iconic”
- The unidentified woman in the photo can be seen calmly standing in the middle of the street as police prepares to arrest her
- The dramatic scene has since become viral on social media
A picture taken by a Reuter photographer during a Black Lives Matter protest has gone viral on social media and has been lauded and described by many around the world as “powerful”, “iconic” and “legendary”.
The poignant scene was captured on camera by Jonathan Bachman, a New Orleans-based photographer for Reuters while he was covering a Black Lives Matter demonstration at Baton Rouge on Saturday, July 9.
The black woman in the picture can be seen calmly standing with three police officers who are in full battle gear and who appears to be preparing to arrest her.
Bachman later told BuzzFeed that the woman was among the hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside the Baton Rogue’s city police department to protest the killing of Alton Sterling a few days before.
The protester were reportedly blocking the streets when uniformed riot police showed up in an attempt to disperse them and impose order among the crowd.
While some protester yelled at officers, Bachman said he noticed this unidentified woman who remains standing in the middle of the street and refused to budge.
“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,” Bachman told BuzzFeed.
“She just stood there and made her stand. I was just happy to be able to capture something like that,” he recalled.
According to Bachman, the woman was quickly detained along with a number of people in the crowd. But he was grateful to have captured the moving scene on camera which is the very first image he transferred to Reuters.
The photo has since gone viral on international news publications and social media sites.
“You can take images of plenty of people getting arrested, but I think this one speaks more to the movement and what the demonstrators are trying to accomplish here in Baton Rouge,” the photographer said.
Bachman added: “She was there, she wasn’t resisting, and she had every intention of not moving.”
Little is known about the woman in the picture but a Twitter user claimed she is a mother to a 5-year-old boy. Also, she is allegedly still in jail after her arrest.