Above: “Inverted Flag: A protester carries an inverted flag during a Black Lives Matter protest in East Liberty on Sept. 12. The Flag Code states: ‘The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.’ After the police killings of Black people last year, the Black Lives Matter movement was emphasized not only just by the community, but media and political entities as they tried to drive progress.”
Dannys Marrero is a Puerto Rico native, Army Reservist and political science student at Point Park University who now calls Pittsburgh home. For this photo essay, he selected images of civil unrest in Pittsburgh as residents protested killings by police and demanded equity and justice. He shared his thoughts on why these pictures are emblematic of the struggle and beauty of life during the pandemic and civil unrest.
I’VE BEEN A MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST for a few months, mainly focusing on protests and establishment accountability coverage. I’ve been a resident of the city of Pittsburgh for a bit over five years now. I am a lover of all things politics by day and a sparkling drag queen by night.