Black Lives Matter activists filed a lawsuit against the city of Baton Rouge Thursday over their arrests protesting the shooting of Alton Sterling last month.
DeRay McKesson, Kira Marrero and Gloria LaRiva were arrested, along with about 187 other protesters, in Baton Rouge after the shooting death of the 37-year-old on July 5th.
McKesson filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court accusing the city and police officials of depriving them and other protesters of their right to freedom of speech and assembly with use of excessive force.
The suit said police responded to non-violent protestors in a militarized way, “dressed in military gear, with gas masks, shin guards, face shields, brandishing assault weapons alongside heavy military vehicles”, while pointing their weapons directly at them. Also Included in the lawsuit are claims that journalists reported officers pointing machine guns at them as well.
Defendants listed in the suit are the City of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Baton Rouge Mayor – President Melvin “Kip” Holden, Baton Rouge Police Department Chief Carl Dabadie, Jr., East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux, III, and Louisiana State Police Sheriff, Col. Michael Edmonson.
We will have full details on Local 33 at 5pm and Fox 44 at 5:30.