Dear Los Angeles Police Department,
Tensions are high – anxiety and adrenaline fill the air inbetween shouts of protest and reminders everywhere that the police are sometimes as lawlss as everyone else.
Shooting homeless people in wheelchairs with rubber bullets is exactly the crap we are protesting.
From the photographer:
“As I was being arrested for my second day in a row during peaceful protests in support of Black Lives Matter, I decided to continue taking photos until the moment right before handcuffs were put on me. Very risky, but a necessary move to expose LAPD’s entirely inexcusable use of aggressive force, especially in the moments before mass arrests of peaceful protesters.
As we were being boxed in on Broadway & 5th Street to be arrested, LAPD decided that a completely unarmed homeless man in a wheelchair that had NOTHING to do with our protest was somehow a threat. They proceeded to inappropriately shoot “non-lethal” rounds directly at his face, which is against the proper procedure for firing rubber bullets.The last image is exceptionally heart-breaking for me as you can visibly see the homeless man writhing in pain, screaming, as he spews blood from his face moments after getting shot.When people want to be apathetic or inactive in fighting against police brutality against black individuals, make them realize this trickles over & can affect them or someone they love too, regardless if they’re black or not.”