Baton Rouge killing Video: Black Lives Matter protest photo hailed as ‘legendary’


A demonstrator protesting at the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US July 9, 2016.Image copyright Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

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Image caption Jonathan Bachman’s image from Baton Rouge has been widely shared on social media

Protests have continued in the United States, after violent incidents involving African American people and the police last week.

On Sunday, dozens of protesters were arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a black man was killed by police last Tuesday.

In an atmosphere of heightened racial tension, and amid growing debate over the seeming militarisation of American police, one photo has stood out.

It was taken by Jonathan Bachman, a New Orleans-based photographer who has been working for Reuters in the past few days.

The image shows a young woman in a dress standing calmly in front of two police officers wearing layers of armour, and appearing to approach her in a hurry.

Among the most prominent people to share the image on Facebook was Shaun King, a senior justice reporter with the New York Daily News newspaper with more than 560,000 followers.

One comment beneath his post, liked more than 3,300 times, called it a “legendary picture” that “will be in history and art books from this time”.

The photograph was taken outside the Baton Rouge police headquarters, where most of Saturday’s protest was focused.

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The demonstration, organised by the civil rights group Black Lives Matter, took place days after police killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. A video showed two white police officers holding him down and shooting him. Police said they had received a report an armed man was making threats.

Reuters said the woman in the photo, which was taken on Saturday, was later detained, but little more is known about her and she has not yet been named.

Other notable figures online to share the image include Calestous Juma, a Kenyan-born professor at the John F Kennedy School of Government, who was once named among the 100 most influential Africans.

British-Indian novelist Hari Kunzru praised the “grace under pressure” shown by the woman in the photo.

Another angle of the incident was captured by Associated Press photographer Max Becherer.

A protester is grabbed by police officers in riot gear after she refused to leave the motor way in front of the the Baton Rouge Police Department Headquarters in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, July 9, 2016Image copyright Max Becherer/AP

AP reported that the woman in the photograph was grabbed by officers after refusing to move off the public highway.

The protests were not entirely peaceful – Louisiana’s The Advocate newspaper said 102 people were arrested, with eight guns seized. One police officer lost several teeth after being hit by a projectile, it said.

Mr Bachman was unavailable for comment – but many more of his photographs from Baton Rouge on Saturday have been used worldwide.

A man protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016Image copyright Jonathan Bachman/Reuters
Image caption This image shows a man being detained by police near the Baton Rouge Police Department
A woman protests the shooting death of Alton Sterling near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016Image copyright Jonathan Bachman/Reuters
Image caption A young woman confronts police during Saturday’s march
A demonstrator holds a bible at the Triple S convenience store where Alton Sterling was shot dead by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016.Image copyright Jonathan Bachman/Reuters
Image caption In this image, a Bible is held to the sky near the supermarket outside which Alton Sterling was shot

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