Story Behind The Photo Of Officer Natalie Corona Which Students Deemed Racist

Over two years before she was murdered in the line of duty, Officer Corona posted the photo to thank law enforcement.

Williams, CA – The photographer who captured the stunning image of Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona posing with a Thin Blue Line Flag said that the then-aspiring officer came up with the theme of the photo shoot on her own as a tribute to the sacrifices made by law enforcement.

“I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all those law enforcement men and women who have served, who are currently serving, and those who have died in the line of duty protecting our liberties in this great country,” Officer Corona wrote on her Facebook page on Oct. 21, 2016.

The 22-year-old officer had been patrolling the streets on her own for just two weeks when she was murdered by 48-year-old Kevin Douglas Limbaugh as she was investigating a car crash on Thursday night.

After Limbaugh assassinated Corona, he shot at a firefighter before he calmly walked to his home, KTVU reported.

Police found the suspected gunman dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound several hours later.

Photographer Rich Laus said that had known Officer Corona long before she joined the force, KTVU reported.

She was working at a fruit stand at the time, and Laus was always looking for photogenic models for portrait shoots, he said.

The iconic photo was from the first photography session they did together.

“She chose the outfit,” he recalled. “She chose the flag.”

Wearing a royal blue dress and black high heels, Officer Corona posed confidently and effortlessly as she stood in the center of Leesville Grade Road in Colusa County.

It was the same county where her father served as a deputy for 26 years.

Laus said he photographed Officer Corona many more times in the years that followed, and that he plans to share the images with the slain officer’s family.

The image has been widely shared in the wake of Officer Corona’s death.

In a Facebook post on Friday, The Associated Students, University of California, Davis, (ASUCD) Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission declared that the true meaning behind the photo was “racist,” and that the mere sight of law enforcement officers can be “triggering to many Black and Brown people.”

"First and foremost, we would like to send our deepest condolences to the police officer’s family," the statement said before explaining why the murdered officer's photo is racist.

"We would also like to provide resources for students triggered by this event and the circulating images of a flag that has been popularized by the 'Blue Lives Matter' crowd," their statement said. "We see it necessary to call-out all community members who continue to post and disseminate images of the Blue Lives Matter flag online."

"In addition, there has been the circulation of an image of the police officer with the Blue Lives Matter flag," the commission wrote, before going into a false history of Blue Lives Matter.

The flag they are referring to is an American Thin Blue Line Flag, which is often colloquially referred to as a Blue Lives Matter flag. Activists frequently use the "Blue Lives Matter flag" name in an attempt to discredit support for law enforcement by attempting to tie it to Blue Lives Matter, which they also attempt to discredit with false claims of racism.

Blue Lives Matter's only actual connection to the Thin Blue Line Flag is that the flag shows support for law enforcement, and Blue Lives Matter uses the flag to show support for law enforcement.

"The flag is blatantly anti-Black and disrespectful," the student group concluded.

The commission also provided resources for students "triggered" by the sight of law enforcement.

Not all students in ASUCD appear to share the commission's belief about law enforcement.

ASUCD President Michael Gofman posted a response to the commission, writing, "It’s easy to sit on the third floor of the Memorial Union when there are at least 100 brave men and women in blue between you and the shooter. It is easy to argue hypotheticals, politics, and ideology when you’re in safety. I am ashamed that some of these same people, protected by the very officers that they are condemning, have the audacity to politicize the loss of a young officer. [H]er only crime was being a police officer."

"I wholeheartedly condemn the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs commission for this disgusting post, and urge them to take it down and issue an apology," Gofman concluded.

The ASUCD commission’s Facebook page was taken down Saturday after the community reacted with outrage to their post.

UC Davis held a candlelight vigil for Officer Corona on Saturday night which included the photo that the commission deemed to be racist.

Comments (37)
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JBo
JBo

University of California. That's the first clue.

"...the mere sight of law enforcement officers can be triggering...". It's ALWAYS "triggering" to criminals. Second clue.

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

Fuck these students and all like them. They all suffer from Tocqueville syndrome, in which they live in a society that doesn’t actually oppress them in any way, so they have to fabricate examples of oppression to feel like victims and reap the benefits of said victimhood. Cunts the lot of them.

NotIgnorant79
NotIgnorant79

Are they really so stupid as to think that there are no BLACK police officers? Asian? Hispanic? Blue line flag and Blue Lives Matter are Far from racist. It would make sense if only white people worked in law enforcement, but that's just not the case.

tdw8156.
tdw8156.

Racist??? Students there need to shut up and get a live

eve70
eve70

I'd rather you just say 'thank you' and go on your way. Otherwise I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn, what you think might be racist!

Memere
Memere

It's unbelievable how people can be condescending towards those who put their lives on the line to protect them and their stupid attitudes. They don't understand that using the 'racist card' at every twist and turn only makes them look stupid and racist.

I appreciate ASUCD President Michael Gofman response to these idiots. Just remember when making a generalized statement such as "what do you expect it's California' you're doing the same thing as these people and saying 'ALL'.. All police are not bad, all White people are not racist, all Black's do not pull the racist card, all people are not bad.....etc.

Vetus
Vetus

Illustrative of the lowering of aptitude standards at UCD. As a Californian, I did not think I could be embarrassed further by acts of our best and brightest. I was wrong.

Swmonaharley
Swmonaharley

There is no explanation need to tell these ASSHOLES that call it racist

Milman
Milman

Since when is the Blue Lives Matter flag "blatantly anti- black"? What bull$hit! This was a beautiful young woman who gave her life trying to help others... Where do these morons come up with this crap? If you are "triggered" by the sight of this flag, then you are either a felon or a regular jailbird! Without these officers.. can you imagine what this country would be like? Wake the hell up!

Biker187
Biker187

Suck it up buttercup because that Blue isn't going to disappear!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I find it rather ironic that the snowflakes use the word "trigger" in any form (trigger warning, triggering, triggered, etc ...), when in the dictionary, usually the first two definitions have to do with weapons. Which the police and military have, and sometimes the criminals. Ironic, isn't it?

Droptopper
Droptopper

This the garbage that is being taught on college campuses across the nation...Until parents refuse to send their young adults to these dens of propaganda,this kind of warped thinking will prosper..Parents need to look hard at what is being taught in these"schools" before spending hard earned money sending their kids there..

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

I remember when I was their age, 30 years ago. I didn't know shit, acted like an idiot, thought with my ass instead of my brain and was fully convinced that I knew better than my elders. Time has a harsh way to put you in your place, and it will happen to these kids too. For the time being I will restrain the urge to slap some sense into their thick skulls, in the hope that others like the president of that association will prevail.

lnjinc
lnjinc

So does that mean that Black Lives Matter is racist? Of course they will say no! How about Miss Black America? Blue lives matter means just what it says! It was a response to the Black Lives Matter movement because humane individuals believe that all lives matter and the fact that the black lives matter has put a target on our police officers means we need to back our men and women in blue! Why? Because THEY put THEIR lives at risk for us day in day out. This has nothing to do with race! The fact that blacks kill more blacks than any other populace or race apparently falls on deaf ears.

Why is this a trigger? I can come up with some reasons but none they want to hear or would admit. Men and women putting their lives at risk for us will eventually cease. They are not just losing their lives during what I would consider normal where they are trying to arrest a heinous criminal but they are being targeted!!!!!! And irrational thinking like this is a big part as to why. They are being sought out and murdered! Just like this beautiful, young woman was. She was MURDERED! INTENTIONALLY! You need a reality check! Seriously! Wake up! This has to stop! THE ONLY RACIST THING HERE IS WHAT THESE YOUTHS ARE SAYING NOT WHAT SHE IS REPRESENTING SO BEAUTIFULLY AND HUMBLY. I do not care how old they are. I was NEVER like this. Never would be.

One more thing, I am beyond disgusted that they bring this up knowing she was MURDERED! But they said they give their condolences???? No respect, no class, no common sense, nothing good to say about these youths. But I will pray for them.

Corona01
Corona01

For my cousins defense to a racist photo..... Natalie lost her life willing to protect anyone at anytime. Even these finger pointing idiots. I find it beyond disrespectful but God will forgive you and your choices if you ask for it. So would she, because that is who she is..... Think before you comment because there may come a day when you will need an officer to rescue you!

Doctor Don
Doctor Don

Maybe it's time for those who believe Blue Lives Matter is racist and all the other names they use. Some of these people should have line that when they call the police , they get the " Sorry we are unable to come to your aid at this time. " Remember, you want them gone, you have called for the ICE to be disbanded, so they will no longer come to your aid. Don't call and they won't come for you. When they see the speeders ram into your vehicle they will not stop to render you help. You don't deserve there care. But you know they will come to aid because they care. It is you that doesn't

UhO5O
UhO5O

To the photographer of this moving photo I would like to say thank you for sharing it's beauty and meaning! Officer Corona was a beautiful young lady but in your photo the meaning of the Thin Blue Line is what you notice first. It is very moving. Next to Corona01 do not let the disrepect shown your cousin from this picture touch your heart. Officer Corona chose to give of herself in a way few chose to do. I wasn't blessed to know her personally but I was her sister in the Thin Blue Line. You are right to forgive as hatred only hurts the one doing the hating. I am praying for you and your family. I pray for God's peace and love to surround you in this very difficult time. God bless.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Nothing racist or wrong about the picture. A lovely young woman who chose an awesome picture to describe her feelings of thankfulness. But there are plenty of things wrong with the majority of today's youth, especially those in college/university. So many college age students today are seriously lacking some important data in those brain cells.

arizonastate42
arizonastate42

Racist my ass !!!!!

Moyadri1
Moyadri1

Racist?? She was obviously Latina, which according to some, qualifies her as "non white". The only thing this lovey young lady did, was do her job, and show her patriotism and respect for law enforcement. Soar wit the Angels, Officer Corona!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Racist flag???? Anti black???? That's just plain stupid and ignorant.

EagleReed101
EagleReed101

And the rest of the country wants to know why The People's Republic of California is going to hell, literally.

Achmsons
Achmsons

Shame on this group for their hateful behavior. But grateful for president gofman's word. I recommend members of this commission to get an education before leaving college. And for the college faculty to look at what you are teaching these young adults

61mouse
61mouse

Parents proud ??

Marturtle
Marturtle

Shame on them! This beautiful young officer lost her life.. and they decide the pitcure is racist? These kids need a wake up call.

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Always a Muslim rat involved

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

BLACKS ARE MOST RACIST PEOPLE ON EARTH. MORE SO EVEN TO THEIR OWN KIND. BLACK ON BLACK CRIME TAKES MORE YOUNG BLACK MEN THAN ANYTHING ELSE. BUT THE BLACK COMMUNITY IS SO WRAPPED UP ON A WHITE POLICE OFFICE SHOOTING A YOUNG BLACK MAN WITH A GUN IN HIS HAND. THEY NEED TO CLEAN UP THEIR OWN BACK YARD BEFORE BLAMING OTHERS. THERE IS NO MALE IMAGE IN THE FAMILY, SO THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO ACT EXCEPT TO TAKE WHAT THEY WANT WITHOUT WORKING FOR IT.,

Don_Wayne
Don_Wayne

You only get criticized from those that do less than you, never those that do better!