The Latest: More arrests Sunday in Baton Rouge


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Baton Rouge arising from Tuesday’s video-recorded shooting death of Alton Sterling (all times local):

8:45 p.m.

The confrontation and arrests Sunday night in Baton Rouge were not the day’s only responses to last week’s police killing of a black man.

That scene was about four blocks from a church where a Sunday afternoon rally and march began and ended. Rosie Washington, executive director of the Micah Project, says about a thousand people marched peacefully from the church to the state Capitol.

Washington says students spoke at the Capitol, and the whole group then enjoyed a New Orleans-style second-line parade back to the church.

Gov. Jon Bel Edwards praised that gathering.

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8:15 p.m.

Baton Rouge police are moving in to end an unscheduled protest against the police shooting that killed a black man last week.

City police spokesman Don Coppola says the confrontation began when protesters tried to walk up a freeway on-ramp.

He says they got about a block from the highway, but officers “were able to stop them before they accomplished that.”

A standoff followed, then arrests began. Police walked off eight people in zip-tie handcuffs while one reporter watched.

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8 p.m.

State police spokesman Doug Cain says about a dozen people were arrested Sunday night in Baton Rouge, which has seen a long weekend of protests against the police killing of a black man last week.

Charges were not immediately clear.

A crowd of about 200 protesters shouted “No justice, no peace!” as officers in helmets and other tactical gear watched from the other side of a street near Interstate 110.

About a block away, dozens of law enforcement officers and nearly 30 police vehicles assembled near an underpass, shutting down Government Street.

Helicopters circled overhead and about 20 sheriff’s deputies in riot gear were lined up along the street.

Nearby residents and bystanders recorded the scene on their phones. Earlier Sunday, about a thousand people marched peacefully from a church to the Capitol and back.

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6:45 p.m.

Gov. John Bel Edwards says he’s “very proud” of how Louisiana’s law enforcement agencies have responded to protests over the fatal shooting of a black man by white police officers in Baton Rouge.

Standing with law enforcement leaders at a Sunday news conference, Edwards said the police response to protesters has “been moderate.”

He says he doesn’t believe police officers have been overly aggressive in tactics that involved using riot gear to back protesters off of a Baton Rouge highway.

About 130 people have been taken into police custody in Baton Rouge over the last two days during the protests.

The Democratic governor comes from a family of sheriffs. He says he’s “gratified” that most of the protests in response to the shooting of Alton Sterling have been peaceful.

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6:30 p.m.

A Louisiana sheriff says seven weapons have been confiscated from the more than 130 people arrested protesting the killing of a black man by two white officers.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says one weapon was taken during 30 arrests Friday night and six firearms during Saturday night’s arrests of more than 100 people.

But Gautreaux said: “We didn’t have any aggression with weapons towards the officers at all.”

Gautreaux appeared with Gov. John Bel Edwards at a Sunday news conference after the governor received a briefing from law enforcement about days of protests since Alton Sterling’s shooting death.

The local Baton Rouge Police Department has received help from Gautreaux’s officers, the state police and other Louisiana police agencies. Gautreaux says that’s “not a show of force” but an effort to allow local law enforcement to get some rest.

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6 p.m.

Among those released from jail Sunday was Kiley Clifton, a 34-year-old Baton Rouge man who was arrested Saturday night on a charge of obstructing a highway.

Clifton said a friend’s video recording proves he didn’t do anything to provoke his arrest. He says police “just randomly started grabbing people.”

Clifton says he’s undeterred by his night in jail and was returning to the streets, saying “we shouldn’t be scared out of our rights.”

Another protester, 34-year-old Travis Day of Baton Rouge, pointed to a cut next to his left eye that he blamed on an officer hitting him with a police baton.

He says they beat him, and “they just treated us bad.”

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3:30 p.m.

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson has been freed on bond after being charged with obstructing a highway in connection with a protest in Baton Rouge.

An Associated Press reporter saw Mckesson leave the East Baton Rouge Parish jail on Sunday afternoon.

Mckesson was among about 130 people taken into custody in Louisiana over the past two days after protests over the fatal shooting of an African-American man by two white police officers in Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

Mckesson says that he “was disappointed in the Baton Rouge police, who continue to provoke protesters for peacefully protesting. There’s a lot of work to be done.”

2:50 p.m.

The National Bar Association is offering legal assistance to people arrested during weekend protests over the police shooting of a black man in Louisiana.

Attorneys Al Perkins and Jarvis Antwine (AN-twahn) of Baton Rouge arrived at the East Baton Rouge Parish jail Sunday. They were accompanied by state Rep. Denise Marcelle, a Democrat from Baton Rouge.

Perkins is the National Bar Association’s deputy general counsel. He says association President Ben Crump asked him to get involved.

The lawyers say they want to know why the protesters were arrested on state charges, which require a state judge to set bond before they can be released.

The attorneys say police could have used identical offenses under a city ordinance, with bonds set automatically without a judge.

12:50 p.m.

At least three reporters were among the 99 people arrested during a Baton Rouge protest against the police killing of a black man that was captured on a video recording. The vast majority of those arrested, including the reporters, faced a charge of obstructing a highway.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks confirms that WAFB-TV reporter Chris Slaughter was among 91 arrested on that charge.

WWNO-FM news director Eve Troeh (TROH) confirmed in a phone interview that staff reporter Ryan Kailath (kuh-LAYTH) was arrested. She says she hasn’t spoken to him and doesn’t have any information about circumstances of his arrest.

Breitbart News reports on its website that its reporter Lee Stranahan was arrested.

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8:15 a.m.

Authorities in Baton Rouge say more than 100 people were jailed in connection with the Black Lives Matter protests held in the Lousiana city over the weekend.

Spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office told The Associated Press on Sunday that 101 people were being held in the parish jail in connection with the protests. No information was immediately available on what charges they faced or whether some people were later released.

Among those arrested was DeRay Mckesson, who rose to prominence with the Black Lives Matter movement after the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Tensions between black citizens and police have risen palpably over the past week or so amid police shootings of African-American men in Minnesota and Louisiana and the gunning down of five white police officers by a black suspect in Dallas in apparent retaliation.

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1:25 a.m.

Louisiana authorities say prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson has been arrested during a protest in Baton Rouge.

An Associated Press reporter who was at the scene Saturday night confirmed Mckesson’s arrest.

Mckesson was walking alongside Airline Highway when he was arrested. It was not immediately clear what prompted Mckesson’s arrest.

Protesters were demonstrating against the shooting death Tuesday of 37-year-old Alton Sterling.

Mckesson is one of the most recognizable faces to emerge from the Black Lives Matter movement. The former educator built a national following after he left his then-home and job in Minneapolis in August 2014 for Ferguson, Missouri, to document the rising anger over race relations after the police shooting of Michael Brown.

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12:40 a.m.

Louisiana authorities say prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson has been arrested during a protest in Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl L’Jean McKneely tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/29wr054) that Mckesson was arrested Saturday night.

The Advocate says Mckesson was filming live video of the protest and walking alongside Airline Highway when he was arrested. It wasn’t immediately clear why Mckesson was arrested.

Protesters were demonstrating against the shooting death Tuesday of 37-year-old Alton Sterling.

Mckesson is one of the most recognizable faces to emerge from the Black Lives Matter movement. Tensions between black citizens and police have risen palpably over the past week or so amid police shootings of African-American men in Minnesota and Louisiana and the gunning down of five white police officers by a black suspect in Dallas in apparent retaliation.

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10:30 p.m.

Hundreds of people are demonstrating in the streets of Baton Rouge over the death of a black man earlier this week.

Saturday night, police could be seen detaining at least three people after confiscating some weapons earlier in the day.

Riot police at one point came out in the evening and faced off against the protesters as more than 20 police cars, blue lights flashing were on the other side of the street.

The demonstrators were angry over the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot and killed during a videotaped altercation with two white police officers in a convenience store parking lot.

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8:45 p.m.

A few hundred protesters are gathered at the Baton Rouge Police Department.

The demonstrators gathered Saturday to protest the shooting death of a black man, Alton Sterling, by two white police officers at a convenience store parking lot last week.

The protest was tense earlier as police in riot gear came out, apparently to clear the road so traffic could pass through.

A police spokesman said two firearms were confiscated and several arrests made.

Police later went back inside their headquarters and traffic reopened.

Baton Rouge resident Marie Flowers came to the protest in with her three children. She said people in the north Baton Rouge neighborhood where the shooting happened are frustrated.

Protesters waved homemade signs while drivers honked their support and some stopped by with bottles of water.

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4:15 p.m.

Hundreds of people are gathered at a Baton Rouge convenience store for another day of protest at the site where a black man, Alton Sterling, died at the hands of two white police officers.

Some wore T-shirts that read, “I can’t keep calm I have a black son” or “Black Lives Matter.”

Lael Montgomery from Baton Rouge said the black community is demanding an end to police brutality. But Montgomery said he also doesn’t want anyone to get hurt in the protests. He said he knows police are on edge after five officers died in a sniper attack in Dallas Thursday.

Some protesters headed for more demonstrations at the Baton Rouge Police Department, where overnight protests led to 30 arrests. Others waited for a scheduled evening march starting at City Hall.

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Noon

Protests were set to resume in Baton Rouge on Saturday, hours after demonstrations over a video-recorded police shooting produced tense moments resulting in 30 arrests.

Baton Rouge police have issued a statement saying they are investigating a newspaper website’s video that appears to show an officer with his weapon temporarily drawn at one point early Saturday morning as angry protesters confronted police.

More demonstrations were expected Saturday afternoon.

Demonstrations in Baton Rouge following Tuesday’s shooting of Alton Sterling had been largely peaceful, but there were some tense moments Friday night and early Saturday.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office released a list of 30 people arrested in the demonstrations — most for obstructing a highway, but three for inciting to riot.

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