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Latinos in L.A. know all about police brutality, and this particular youth was going to have his say no matter what the consequences. As the riot police lined up opposite him with their shotguns and pepper spray at the ready... this protester calmly donned his goggles. He was ready to be gassed and God knows what else... but he would not run. The protester's only shield was a small United Farm Workers button fixed to his shirt.

Photograph by Mark Vallen