Egypt’s “Girl in the blue bra”. At the end of 2011, footage of an anonymous woman, knocked to the ground in Cairo, dragged and beaten by Egyptian soldiers. During the attack the woman, unconscious, had her shirt pulled up over her head, exposing her blue bra. The ‘blue bra girl’ has become a potent symbol of Egypt’s political turmoil.
Children beaten by Bangladeshi police as they join garment workers’ strikes
Police in Bangladesh using bamboo staves, teargas and water cannon fought with textile workers demanding back pay and an immediate rise in monthly wages on the streets of Dhaka, 2010
UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses a can of pepper spray to move protestors who were blocking officers attempts to remove arrested protestors from the Quad at UC Davis in 2011. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo
Rodney King was the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in US history
Bill Hudson’s image of Parker High School student Walter Gadsden being attacked by dogs was published in The New York Times on May 4, 1963. The Birmingham campaign was a movement organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to bring attention to the integration efforts of the black Americans in Birmingham, Alabama. Led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and others, the spring 1963 campaign of nonviolent direct actions culminated in widely publicized confrontations between black youth and white civic authorities, and eventually led the municipal government to change the city’s discrimination laws.
A Rhode Island police officer that kicked a woman in the head has been sentenced to probation, and no jail time was deemed necessary. Officer Edward Krawetz, 47, waived his right to a jury trial. The footage shows Krawetz standing in a John Wayne stance with his right foot on a curb. The woman, arrested for being drunk at a bar, is seated on the curb in handcuffs. She motions with her foot in the direction of the officer’s feet which could be perceived as a pathetic attempt at a karate sweep at the officer’s ankles. Apparently threatened by this sluggish maneuver, the officer ninja kicks her face and head and knocks her out cold, and goes back to searching through her purse.