On Thursday, June 4th, I took a much-needed break from a week-long stint of documenting the George Floyd-sparked #BlackLivesMatter protests across Los Angeles. I decided to sort through the 1,000+ photos I had taken since the protests had started.
While sorting, I came across the photos I had taken of a houseless man that was brutally shot by LAPD with "non-lethal" rounds during Tuesday night's (6/2) mass-arrests of peaceful protestors. After my teary-eyed, emotional first view of the images, I decided I would immediately release the photos on social media & include my story highlighting the injustice I had captured. Little did I know that my photos would strike the same chord with many as they did with me. The photos took social media by storm, & shortly after posting, they spread like wildfire across the internet.
Ever since the photos were released, there has been an overwhelming response to start a GoFundMe for the houseless man. Before long, people started to come forward, & soon, we found that his name was Charf Lloyd.
Charf Lloyd suffers from severe mental health issues, like many of the houseless in LA, & also has a condition with his legs that cause them to be very thin, fragile, & in frequent pain. Though struggling with these issues, I'm told that Charf is a very respectful & peaceful man.
Charf did not deserve to be shot in the face. So here on GoFundMe, to help alleviate his traumatic experience, I'd like to raise money for any medical/legal fees he may have, food, clothing, & anything else Charf may need funds for.
I know these are hard times, but if you can find it in your heart, please donate what you can & share this GoFundMe to help poor Charf out.