From ZUMA Photographer Sachelle Babbar :
“The shot was taken at a youth demonstration of over 2,000 against the Bavarian Polizeiaufgabengesetz (Police Assignment Laws) who fear for the loss of their rights and privacy. This is just days after over 40,000 demonstrated against the law. It was subsequently pushed through the Bavarian Landtag (Parliament) on the 15th.
The sign reads “affordable housing instead of body cams and drones”. The back of the uniform has the identifiers of the Bavarian Police, who received sweeping powers that are being widely criticized as a threat to Germany’s democracy, basic rights, privacy, and press freedom. I composed it to lead the eye to the officer while reading, a nod to critics who also believe that Munich is over-policed. It took a while to compose it and drew the attention of other officers who figured out what I was doing.”