Charges Dropped Against DeRay Mckesson

Charges Dropped Against DeRay Mckesson

The past eight days have been extremely eventful for activist DeRay Mckesson. He spent approximately 16 hours in jail after being arrested along with hundreds of others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after protesting excessive police force and the disproportionate number of black Americans being killed by officers in comparison to those with other ethnic backgrounds.

Mckesson filmed his own arrest and was later released under his own recognizance. The peaceful protests in Louisiana were a result of the death of Alton Sterling whose shooting death at the hands of police officers was caught on camera. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards praised the protests as “a force of good” and said law enforcement should reduce the use of deadly force.

Several days ago law enforcement dropped charges against Mckesson and most of those protesting in Baton Rouge. Approximately 100 out of the 185 people arrested had their charges dropped, and only four remain in jail at this time. Those still in custody are said to be there due to issues outside of the protest.

The original charges were claims of obstructing traffic; however Mckesson’s video showed that he was obeying police officers at the time of his arrest. Due to the actions of the Baton Rouge PD, the ACLU, National Lawyers Guild, and other civil rights groups are filing suit on the grounds of protesters had their First Amendment rights violated.

The suit asks for a restraining order prohibiting officers from arresting or intimidating protesters who express their anger in relation to the killing of Alton Sterling.

 

 

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