The district attorney of Baton Rouge, Louisiana will not take legal action against DeRay Mckesson.
Last week the out Black Lives Matter leader participated in a rally protesting the police related death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling. Mckesson was arrested while filming the march, walking alongside Airline Highway; he was charged with obstruction of a roadway.
In total, Baton Rouge police arrested 185 protestors. According to the Washington Post, District Attorney Hillar Moore III is declining prosecuting 100 of them because they are misdemeanors related to obstruction of a roadway.
Despite this, Moore’s statement seemed more concerned with the protestors than police overreach.
‘While all citizens have the right to assemble and protest, they do not have the right to block streets and impede the flow of traffic.’
On Twitter, Mckesson noted Baton Rouge authorities had trouble with his last name:
They spelled my name wrong. But, no biggie. At least the charges are dropped. I’d like my bookbag back, too. https://t.co/j40piQ6z5P
— deray mckesson (@deray) July 15, 2016
This past week, on 13 July, Mckesson participated in a round table conversation with law enforcement officials and President Barack Obama.
‘The bad news is, as we saw so painfully this week, that this is really a hard job. We’re not there yet’ Obama said to reporters following the meeting, according to CNN.
The sit-down, which lasted approximately four hours, included Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, mayors, and police representatives. According to CNN, the BLM activist described the meeting as ‘productive.’
Obama, Mckesson said, ‘challenge[d] people to think about the concrete things that both the administration could do and law enforcement and activists could do to make sure that we address the issue of police violence head on and also that our communities are safe.’
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