Street level: 10 up-close photos of Philly’s daily police brutality protests

Durrell Hospedale, a 21-year-old freelance photographer, has taken part in this week’s Philadelphia demonstrations.

A woman clashes with a Philadelphia police officer during a protest on Wednesday, July 6. The demonstrators were protesting the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.

A woman clashes with a Philadelphia police officer during a protest on Wednesday, July 6. The demonstrators were protesting the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.

Photo by Durrell Hospedale

Durrell Hospedale thinks photos can play a role in spreading the impact of protesting police brutality.

And he’s seen it happen. The 21-year-old from Philadelphia has watched some of his photos from over the last week multiply in reach on Twitter and Instagram. The powerful images show demonstrators being arrested after blocking traffic on I-676 last week, clashing with police officers on the streets and carrying signs for miles down Market Street.

“I’m a black man in America where I’m seeing everything unfold,” the aspiring professional photographer said. “I don’t go just to document like a news reporter. It includes me. So I’m there to be a part of the protest, and I’m there to document.”

For the last six days, hundreds of people have taken to the streets across Philadelphia to protest police brutality following the police-involved shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. Several other protests are scheduled to take place throughout the city this week, including one at City Hall Wednesday that could draw a crowd of 1,000 people.

Here are scenes from the protests Hospedale took part in:

Market Street March

A man holds a sign while walking down Market Street during a protest against police brutality in Philadelphia on Sunday.

Photo by Durrell Hospedale
An 8-year-old holds a sign asking: "Am I next?" during a protest against police brutality in Philadelphia.

An 8-year-old holds a sign asking: "Am I next?" during a protest against police brutality in Philadelphia.

PHOTO BY DURRELL HOSPEDALE
A woman speaks into a microphone during a protest against police brutality in Philadelphia on Sunday.

A woman speaks into a microphone during a protest against police brutality in Philadelphia on Sunday.

PHOTO BY DURRELL HOSPEDALE
A man protests during a demonstration in Philadelphia this month.

A man protests during a demonstration in Philadelphia Sunday night.

Photo by Durrell Hospedale
Protesters march through Center City Sunday night in protest of police brutality following two high-profile police-involved shootings.

Protesters march through Center City Sunday night in protest of police brutality following two high-profile police-involved shootings.

PHOTO BY DURRELL HOSPEDALE
A woman clashes with a Philadelphia police officer during a protest on Wednesday, July 6. The demonstrators were protesting the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.

A woman clashes with a Philadelphia police officer during a protest on Wednesday, July 6. The demonstrators were protesting the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.

Photo by Durrell Hospedale
A man is among about a dozen people arrested Wednesday during a protest near I-676 in Philadelphia.

A man is among about a dozen people arrested Wednesday during a protest near I-676 in Philadelphia.

PHOTO BY DURRELL HOSPEDALE
Protesters sit in the street during a protest in Philadelphia a day after Alton Sterling was killed in Louisiana.

Protesters sit in the street during a protest in Philadelphia a day after Alton Sterling was killed in Louisiana.

A woman is among about a dozen people arrested Wednesday during a protest in Philadelphia.

A woman is among about a dozen people arrested Wednesday during a protest in Philadelphia.

PHOTO BY DURRELL HOSPEDALE
A man holds a sign reading "#Justice4AltonSterling" during a demonstration in Philadelphia.

A man holds a sign reading "#Justice4AltonSterling" during a demonstration in Philadelphia.

PHOTO BY DURRELL HOSPEDALE

Hospedale plans to continue posting photos of protests in Philadelphia on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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