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An illustration of a man throwing a tear gas canister, a photographer in front of him taking a picture.

It Looked Like Fire

Episode #32

2015-12-11 02:26:00

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Ed Crawford had never been to a protest until he heard about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Robert Cohen, a staff photographer with the St. Louis Post Dispatch, ended up taking a photograph of Ed that would be seen around the world, and change both of their lives.

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A tear gas canister lands at the feet of Edward Crawford.

Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post Dispatch

 

Edward Crawford reaches for the tear gas canister that has just landed nearby.

Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post Dispatch

 

Edward Crawford begins to pick up a tear gas canister.

Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post Dispatch

 

Edward Crawford, wearing an American flag T-shirt, picks up a smoking tear gas canister, and begins to throw it back toward police.

Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post Dispatch

 

A man wearing a T-shirt featuring the image Robert Cohen took of Edward Crawford lobbing a tear gas canister back toward police.

Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post Dispatch

 

A mural based on the photograph Robert Cohen took of Edward Crawford lobbing a tear gas canister toward police.

Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post Dispatch