Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson Arrested During Alton Sterling Protest In Baton Rouge
Last night, the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana rallied together for a protest over the death of Alton Sterling. Amongst the 1,000 protesters stood DeRay Mckesson, one of the most prominent voices of the Black Lives Matter movement.
During the demonstration, Mckesson was arrested and taken into custody, according to NBC News. Just like Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds used technology to her advantage to capture the wrongdoings of the police, the activist live-streamed the encounter via Periscope. In the video, Mckesson is seen walking along the side of the Airline Highway with fellow protesters, shouting “No justice! No peace!” While officers try and usher demonstrators away, Mckesson expressed:
“The police have been provocateurs all night. The protesters have been solid.”
“The police in Baton Rouge have been truly awful tonight. They’ve provoked people. They’ve chased people just for kicks.”
Nearly five minutes later, the camera shakes, signalling that Mckesson had fallen to the ground as an officer told him he’d been “flagged” for walking on the highway, then yelling, “You’re under arrest” and “Don’t fight me.”
Another protester began to film the cops placing Mckesson in handcuffs, asking, “What was his crime?”
According to the East Baton Rouge Sherrif’s Office website, Mckesson remained in custody until Sunday (July 10) morning. However, it remains unclear as to why the activist was arrested and if he’ll face any charges.