Protests over shooting resume in Baton Rouge

by Alfonso Matthews Julio 11, 2016, 6:14

"They weren't on the street or anything", Bowers said.

Hundreds of people marched late Saturday in several United States cities protesting police abuses.

Saturday marked the fourth day of demonstrations in Baton Rouge following the fatal police-involved shooting death of Alton Sterling in front of a north the Triple S Food Mart on Tuesday. "They are being predators on our communities across America".

Packnett said that McKesson was in a group of eight people walking down a street when an officer approached him and told him he had been "flagged" and that if he left the sidewalk he would be arrested. "They've provoked people. They've chased people just for kicks".

The Baton Rouge police spokesman, Sgt. Don Coppola, blamed some violence and the large number of arrests on outside agitators. "He was snatched and grabbed", she says. "You in them loud shoes, if I see you in the road, if I get close to you, you're going to jail", said the officer to Mckesson.

McKesson, 31, had traveled to Louisiana from Baltimore, where he grew up and returned past year after the death of Freddie Gray, the black man whose broken neck inside a police van sparked riots and upheaval. "After the Dallas murder of five officers at a protest the night before, officers are very cautious and on the lookout for any threat".

Williams says "obviously, violence is not the answer of solving it". She calls the Dallas shootings "very sad".

"This has been a sad week for our state and for our nation, Edwards said".

Protests continued Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and St. Paul, Minnesota, following a night in which 200 protesters were arrested by police between the two cities.

Obama addressed matters of grief, anger of unity at a news conference in Warsaw, Poland.

After being released, Mckesson said he remains disappointed with Baton Rouge police, who he says were provoking peaceful protesters. Throngs protested in New York City, where 20 people were arrested. He said people are speaking more quietly, and the enormity of it all seemed to weigh.

"Black boys are being killed and this is just the culmination of what has been going on for decades", she said.

Leading up to the incident, DeRay had been updating his Twitter, maintaining that the protest was civil and ordered, and that the police were growing increasingly aggressive without merit; a few times, DeRay recorded officers making arrests for no reason. Some drivers stopped to offer bottles of water.

Kelly wouldn't elaborate on what led up to the shooting, citing a pending investigation. Authorities said a man called 911 to report a break-in, then ambushed the responding officer.

The Lower Merion Police Department, near Philadelphia, said its officers had heavy hearts but full bellies after a woman and her son delivered a stack of pizzas Friday.

"The police have been provocateurs all night". Seven other officers and two civilians were injured.

The unidentified man died at the scene. He told the crowd that the senseless killings of black people "have to stop". The officers' races were not immediately known.

KTRK says one of the unidentified officers is a 10-year veteran of the force, and the other is a 13-year veteran. The officers will be investigated by internal affairs, along with Harris County. One officer used a stun gun on Sterling, then the other officer tackled Sterling to the ground.

The California Highway Patrol closed access to the bridge at least two times Saturday afternoon when protesters took over freeway ramps, causing traffic to back up.

The protesters chanted "Black lives matter" and "No justice, no peace" as they marched through Manhattan on Saturday. In each case, a bystander or community advocate caught the encounter on video and posted it online before authorities had a chance to confiscate it. Both are on administrative leave. The men stood on the steps - clenched fists raised high.


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