DeRay And Over A Hundred Other Protestors Were Arrested In Baton Rouge. | Gradient

DeRay and over a hundred other protestors were arrested in Baton Rouge.


DeRay Mckesson — known across the country simply as @deray, one of #BlackLivesMatter’s most visible spokespeople — was taken into custody by Baton Rouge police officers on Saturday night. As reported by the Associated Press, he joined over a hundred other activists, including two journalists, in the parish jail as BRPD attempted to quell protesters seeking justice for the shooting of Alton Sterling.

Mckesson captured his own arrest on Periscope, where he claimed police had been “provoking” protestors. “The police of Baton Rouge have been truly awful today,” he can be heard saying. “The police have been violent tonight, the protestors have not.”

An officer shouts that he’ll arrest Mckesson if he doesn’t walk on the sidewalk. Mckesson points his camera at the ground to show that there is no sidewalk. He’s then approached by an officer from behind who is saying, “Don’t fight me, don’t fight me.” “I’m under arrest, y’all,” Mckesson says. You can see the video below, via Buzzfeed.

According to his arrest report, he was charged with “obstruction of a highway.”

Mckesson’s online army of supporters have been calling BRPD ever since, petitioning for his release and raising funds to help those arrested make bail.

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