July 9 2016, more than 100 people were arrested at a protest for Alton Sterling.
DeRay McKesson was arrested for “Simple Obstruction of a Highway of Commerce.”
“Police clearly provoked the protesters,” stated McKesson. “The protesters did nothing to provoke the police, and I think they could have acted with more responsibility, with more restraint.”
However, that’s exactly what police say they did. State Police said they showed “great restraint,” but that is not stopping the Baltimore native and a group of his peers from filing this lawsuit against the capital city.
“People started walking along to corner of Airline Highway, I was one of those people. They told me to get on the side. I was on the side, and I was still aggressively arrested nonetheless,” said McKesson.
The lawsuit claims the protesters civil rights were violated, and that dozens of the people arrested for obstructing the highway were “arrested on sidewalks, the grass or even inside a person’s house.”
The lawsuit was filed Thursday, and the arrest was nearly a month ago. Since then the capital city has seen more bloodshed with the killing of three law enforcement officers and injuring three others, one of them critically. So, the question is why now?
“The lawsuit is about making sure that the protesters records are expunged and that no protester has to experience or incur legal expenses or financial expenses because of these unconstitutional arrests,” concluded McKesson.
This isn’t the first lawsuit the city is facing right now. The American Civil Liberties Union also filed one on July 13th against the Baton Rouge Police Department.
If you want to see the full lawsuit, just click here.