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Woman depicted in powerful protest photo that went viral speaks out

A news photo shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last weekend showing a woman quietly standing her ground as police clad in heavy armor closed in to arrest her during protests of police killings — and captured the imaginations of people around the world. The woman was later identified as Ieshia Evans, a 28-year-old nurse and the mother of a 6-year-old boy. On Thursday, Evans broke her silence in an interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning. Evans discussed why she went to the protest in the first place, what she was thinking as the officers bore down on her in the fateful moment that the photo was taken and what she told her son, Justin, when he asked why she was arrested.

Evans told King she has never thought of herself as an activist — she’s often wanted to attend protests in the past following high-profile police killings, but for various reasons never did so before. And she said she still doesn’t think of herself as an activist, even though she’s being credited for being one. “Sometimes, jobs are given to you … that you didn’t really apply for,” she said. After seeing the video of Alton Sterling, Evans said, she was “just numb” and decided it was time to join the protest. In the moment that the now-iconic photo was taken, Evans said there was just silence. The officers said nothing to her, and she said nothing to them.

When Evans told her son she’d been sent to jail, his response was rather heartbreaking. He said, “I thought only bad people go to jail,” Evans told King. “I didn’t have an answer for him,” she said. Watch the complete interview below.

Read the full story at CBS News.


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