As the lone woman stood in former of a row of revolt police in the US, she flowing dress and also bare eight in sharp znjke.comparison to the officers' armour, she offered off an wait of serene determination and defiance.

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New Orleans-based photographer Jonathan Bachman took the image in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Saturday, local time, while extending a protest versus recent police shootings the black guys in the US.

It was one of scores that demonstrations held across the nation following the deaths the Philando Castile and also Alton Sterling in separate police shootings in the past week.


Bachman's picture was znjke.common widely on society media, where it to be labelled a "powerful" and also "legendary" image that would arise as representative that the black color Lives issue protests that space spreading across the US.


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Police policemans in revolt gear face a woman in a dress throughout a black Lives matter protest in Baton Rouge.Credit:Jonathan Bachman

During Saturday's protest, a group of demonstrators blocked the Airline Highway external the Baton Rouge Police department headquarters.

In response, a big number the police police officers came the end in lytic gear and tried to clean the protesters native the road, Bachman called The Atlantic.

The police officers "arrested 3 to 4 people", Bachman said, and also he started capturing images of several protesters confronting the police line.


Over his ideal shoulder Bachman then heard the woman, that was standing in the very first lane the the road, suggesting she was going to it is in arrested.


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This photograph, by Max Becherer, shows a various angle that the woman moments before she is arrested.Credit:AP

"It taken place quickly, but I can tell the she wasn't going to move, and it seemed choose she to be making her stand. znjke.come me it appeared like: 'You're walking to have to znjke.come and get me,' " Bachman said The Atlantic.

"And I simply thought the seemed like this was a great place to obtain in position and make ... An image, just due to the fact that she to be there in her dress and also you have two police police officers in znjke.complete riot gear.

"It wasn't an extremely violent. She didn't speak anything. She didn't resist, and also the police didn't drag her off.


"It's representative of the peaceful demonstrations that have been walking on down here. I understand that officers have been ache in various other cities, but down below it's remained peaceful."

The woman, who has actually not been publicly identified, was arrested on Saturday and remained in jail on Sunday, neighborhood time, the New York everyday News reported.

The Atlantic's an elderly political editor, Yoni Appelbaum, explained the picture as a "remarkable picture".

"There are pictures that are impossible to forget, searing themselves right into our collective consciousness. One male staring under a pillar of tanks in Tiananmen Square. A high-school student attacked by police dogs in Birmingham, Alabama. This is together a photo," the wrote. "Once seen, it cannot be unseen."


The woman was arrested at the begin of the protest, as soon as Bachman said it to be peaceful, but the Baton Rouge Police Department later said 102 human being were arrested, many of them later in the night.

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"In addition to the arrests, 3 rifles, 3 shotguns and also 2 pistols to be confiscated. A Baton Rouge Police Officer had several of his this knocked out together a projectile was thrown from the protest," the police department said in a statement.

"It appears the protest in ~ Baton Rouge Police Headquarters have beznjke.come more violent as out of town protesters are arriving. Any kind of protest which i do not care violent will be instantly dispersed."