Ieshia Evans was arrested for "obstructing traffic" by heavily armored Baton Rouge police officers on July 9. Jonathan Bachman's photograph of the event tells so many stories.
Revealed in the margins is the impossibility of 'traffic' when a formation of riot police fills the street. In the center, Evans stands like a pillar in front of officers we know are advancing upon her, but who appear to be falling away. Police uniforms so overbearingly militarized it's a wonder they can move at all.
They can remove their armor at the end of the day. She can't remove hers.
In an atmosphere of heightened racial tension, and amid growing debate over the seeming militarisation of American police, one photo has stood out. … The photograph was taken outside the Baton Rouge police headquarters, where most of Saturday's protest was focused. … AP reported that the woman in the photograph was grabbed by officers after refusing to move off the public highway.
Heavy.com reports that it was her first protest and spent the night in jail.
On Facebook, she thanked people for the well wishes and wrote: "I just need you people to know. I appreciate the well wishes and love, but this is the work of God. I am a vessel! Glory to the most high! I'm glad I'm alive and safe. And that there were no casualties that I have witnessed first hand."
Evans was arrested in the same protest as DeRay Mckesson, whom The New York Times calls "one of the best known voices for the Black Lives Matter movement." The Times says Mckesson spent 16 hours in jail in Baton Rouge before he was released on Sunday.
Update: The woman in the photograph is named Ieshia Evans, not Leshia Evans.