Charges dropped against 100 Baton Rouge protesters, including DeRay Mckesson

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Baton Rouge officials have dropped the charges against activist DeRay Mckesson and most of the people arrested during the protests last week.

According to a statement by East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III on Friday, the charges were dropped against 100 of the approximately 185 people arrested. Four protesters remain in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison “due to other matters,” the statement read.

WBRZ posted a list of the protesters whose charges were dropped. Mckesson confirmed it in a tweet.


Mckesson was arrested last Saturday after police claimed he and dozens of other protesters were obstructing traffic. But Mckesson livestreamed his arrest, and the video appeared to show he had obeyed the police. Baton Rouge police are being sued by the ACLU and other civil rights groups for violating the First Amendment rights of the protesters, according to The Intercept.


Mckesson had been one of hundreds protesting the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot and killed by Baton Rouge police on July 5th. Sterling’s death was recorded and a 48-second clip was posted online.

Sterling’s funeral was held Friday in Baton Rouge.