Of the three images that I selected for WE35 Expedition May I think it is the “Moment” image that is actually the important one. Shortly after the shooting hit the new, the Olympia Police Department announced that the 2 suspects were only armed with skateboards.
Needless to say, the protesters didn’t feel that a skateboard should be considered a deadly weapon and should justify the shooting of the suspects. While there were a number of people there with skateboards, this is the one, and the moment that really grabbed my attention while I was documenting the protest.
That’s it for my submission to WE35 – Expedition May. I really wish I would have had a different local event to shoot, I love the town I live in. I moved here by choice, not because I had to. No one wants to see anything like this happen anywhere, let alone where they live. We have had both peaceful protests and ongoing violence since the tragic events early in the morning of May 21. I fear that there is going to be more violence before this is all over but there is one thing I hope that people remember. Peaceful protest is not only protected by the first amendment, it is absolutely critical to living in a free society. Violence and looting on the other hand is nothing but fear and anger based and serves no one.