Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson Arrested


DeRay Mckesson, a well-known Black Lives Matter leader from Baltimore, was arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Saturday night, where he had gone to join in protest demonstrations.

See videos from Saturday night — BLM took to the streets throughout America, including NYC where bridges and tunnels were shut down.

Just 48 hours earlier, Thursday evening, a large Black Lives Matter demonstration in Dallas had ended in the shooting deaths of five police officers.  Friday evening, the demonstrations continued in cities across the nation, with some blocking major highways.

Therefore, by Saturday evening, police in Baton Rouge were making a serious effort to prevent protesters from blocking city streets and highways.

Throughout the evening Saturday, Mckesson had been posting video Facebook of the BLM demonstrations in Baton Rouge, expressing surprise that the police had come out in massive numbers, and kept ordering the protesters off the streets.  He repeatedly claimed the protesters were peaceful, but said it was the police who were “provoking the crowd.”  He filmed all the police cars and SWAT vehicles coming down the street.

He tweeted out, “The protesters weren’t blocking traffic or doing anything else.  The police simply wanted to show and use force.”  Then he stated, “The police just retreated. But they caused the tension tonight. We were literally standing on the sidewalk when they advanced.”

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The police had dispersed the crowd, and the protesters were walking down the side of the road, some getting off into the road.   An officer had warned him that if he stepped into the road again, he would be arrested.

As Mckesson continued filming the scene with his phone, officers approached him from behind, tackled him, and arrested him about 11 p.m.

While in police custody, Mckesson texted that he and 33 others were all arrested.

The BLM protesters took over a gas station lot earlier in the evening, making it almost impossible for customers to stop at the station.







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