Brooklyn nurse becomes subject of widely shared photo captured during Baton Rouge protest

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Of the thousands of images that have emerged in the wake of shootings in Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas, a few have stood out.

One of the most widely distributed images, of a woman facing a line of riot police at a protest in Baton Rouge, has a strong New York connection:  the woman is from Brooklyn.

Her image, and its having been shared instantaneously millions of times over, make them an integral part of the larger, ongoing, passionate conversation about the issues of race and interaction between police and their communities.

Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman took the photograph of Ieshia Evans, 28, of Brooklyn, standing confidently, quietly and strongly in front of a line of riot gear-clad police officers from Baton Rouge, two of whom are about to arrest her.

The image has obviously gone far beyond the small Louisiana city where it was taken.

“This is the work of God, I am a vessel” Ieshia Evans wrote on her Facebook page about her widely seen act of silent defiance.

She’s a nurse’s aide here, who’s said she went to Baton Rouge to protest the shooting of Alton Sterling there as a way to help make a safer life for her five year-old son here in New York.

Evans has said that she does not want to do interviews until she can return to her son. She has posted bail and is in a Louisiana hotel for now.

PIX11 has reached out to her, and hope to hear from her later in the week.

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