A Fall Out Boy fan was recently photographed attempting to “protect” police officers in Ferguson, Missouri from protesters.
Sunday (August 9) marked the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, a black youth who was shot dead by a white policeman in Ferguson in 2014. The incident led to heightened racial tensions in the city, as well as throughout the US as a whole.
Lexi Kozhevsky, 19, was photographed on Monday (August 10) standing in between the police and protesters in Ferguson while dressed in a Fall Out Boy T-shirt. The image later went viral online (see below).
Speaking to Noisey regarding her motives, Kozhevsky said, “When I heard it was a state of emergency, I felt like I had to see it for myself because I live really close. I was like, this is history happening right now in front of me. I saw how the protesters were acting and I don’t think all the cops deserve that, so I just decided to do what I thought was right and stand in front of them.”
She added: “The most violent thing that happened when I was right by the cops was a water bottle was thrown, and it was pretty nerve-wracking because you never know what was being thrown. I just felt bad for them because it was a lot of slurs. It’s not like all the cops are doing it because they want to, it’s their job, they have to.”
On accusations of racism, Kozhevsky defended herself by saying, “I expected that. I’m not in the least bit racist. I totally agree that racial discrimination is a rampant thing going on in our country, racial profiling. I know if I was pulled over, compared to a black man, I know I’m going to get off free. I’m not saying it’s not a problem, and I think peaceful protesting is good. When it gets violent, the strategy needs to be changed.”
Kozhevsky also commented on her choice of attire: “I didn’t plan on going there in my Fall Out Boy T-shirt, it was just my outfit.”
See the photo beneath, as well as video footage of the incident.
— Lynden Steele (@manofsteele) August 11, 2015