Activist Renita "Biggie Mama" Holmes Assaulted by Miami Police for Taking Photos
Renita Holmes, a Miami inner-city activist, said a police officer assaulted her while she was photographing a candlelight vigil last month.
The vigil was to memorialize a man named Marvis Williams, whom she said was the eighth person to be killed in this area of Overtown within the last year.
A Miami police officer named Keandra Simmons – who is related to Williams – did not want Holmes photographing the vigil.
“She said, ‘why don’t you leave? Why do you have to take pictures?’” Holmes said in an interview with Photography is Not a Crime.