In light of recent events, Black Lives Matter protests are happening all across the nation from California to New York. Of all the photos surrounding these events, one shot specifically is receiving widespread attention, even being called “iconic.” The photo in question depicts 28-year-old nurse Ieshia Evans taking a stand against the orders of local authorities to clear the public road and being taken into custody. Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman caught the powerful moment with his camera on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as police decked out in riot gear were attempting to break up protestors gathered in the street.
After publication, Bachman’s photo gained viral fame across the Internet, with many other journalists dubbing the shot a symbol of the ongoing troubles that our future generations are facing with its depiction of nonviolent resistance against heavily armed forces.
Some are even going as far as to compare the photo to the legendary “Tank Man” photo by AP photographer Jeff Widener taken during the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, China on June 5, 1989.
During this protest on Saturday, officers arrested a total of 102 individuals. Evans was released the following day.