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Dear @Glman99: could you please explain the relevance of mentioning a specific protest in the present article's lead. fgnievinski (talk) 00:36, 10 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

The cropping is justified for focusing on the actual weapon, which was barely visible in the original image. Secondly, it avoids a racially charged subject, which is not cogent for the topic at hand. fgnievinski (talk) 00:31, 15 September 2023 (UTC)[reply]
The cropping removes important contextual detail which demonstrates current deployment which is of especial value given it highlights the use of directed-energy weapons in the civilian context. Wikipedia is not a user manual or catalogue. It needs to develop the subject matter in an encyclopedic manner and hence represent different aspects of the subject, such as how something is used, and when it has been used. The lives of people may also be represented in Wikipedia due to their relationship to the subject matter. This is true whatever the racial identity or ethnicity of the people represented. On Wikipedia, removing people from photos on the basis of their race, or because a perception that their race is considered in socio-political terms in regard to the subject matter, is regarded as unfair discrimination. Why should they not be represented? I suggest that a failure to do so amounts to a form of systemic bias (please see Wiki project page on it). In addition, the photo is clearly now out of focus. So while the LRAD shown may be bigger in the picture, it is far less clearly defined. But overall the biggest problem is the unfair discrimination.RickyBennison (talk) 12:11, 18 October 2023 (UTC)[reply]