Black Lives Matter activist, DeRay McKesson is suing the Baton Rouge Police Department on the grounds that when they confronted lawbreaking BLM protesters that they were “militarized.” He also claims they were aggressive and probably didn’t call him “sir”. On that night police were responding to aa roadblock set up illegally by the protesters, dressed in their riot gear. Remember, this was less than a week after 5 officers were murdered during a BLM protest in Dallas, about the same time that 21 officers were injured by BLM protesters in St Paul, Minnesota and just a couple of days before three officers were slain in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has defended the police response to the protests, saying their use of riot gear and weaponry was appropriate. The governor, a Democrat who comes from a family of sheriffs, also noted that a police officer had teeth knocked out by a rock during protests.
Sterling’s shooting was captured on cellphone video and circulated widely on the internet. His death, along with another fatal police shooting in Minnesota, sparked widespread protests in Baton rouge and beyond. The Justice Department is investigating Sterling’s death.
Mckesson, a Baltimore resident, was arrested July 9 near Baton Rouge police headquarters on a charge of obstructing a highway. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore has said Mckesson is one of roughly 100 arrested protesters who will not be prosecuted by his office for the same charge.
But the lawsuit said Mckesson and other arrested protesters had to pay administrative and court fees to be released from jail and will have to pay more to have their arrest records expunged.
McKesson who was arrested for blocking the road said:
“All class members now have criminal arrest records, which in this digital age could adversely affect their future employment, education, reputations, and professional licensing.”
Gee, DeRay, maybe you shouldn’t have broken the law?