This is awesome!
DeRay McKesson, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist, was among several demonstrators who were arrested Saturday night in Louisiana protesting the police officer-involved shootings of African-American men.
According to The Washington Post, McKesson was arrested around 11 p.m. in Baton Rouge. Several witnesses described the arrest as “physically violent.”
“The officers won’t give their names,” said Brittany Packnett, a co-founder of the group Campaign Zero, a prominent activist collective. “He was clearly targeted.”
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.
Moments later police were seen taking McKesson into custody.
“They tackled him, one officer hit the top of his body and another officer the bottom,” Packnett said.
The Post reported that McKesson’s phone was knocked from his hand, but blurry video was able to capture the exchange between him and the police officers.
“The police continue to just provoke people,” McKesson said after an officer told people to stay on the sidewalk.
The New York Daily News reported that McKesson’s video doesn’t show his arrest, but an officer was heard confronting him and telling him not to “fight” him.
“I’m under arrest ya’ll,” McKesson was heard saying.
McKesson said in a text message to The Post that he and 33 others were in custody together. It’s unclear if he is facing any charges.
Best part: yesterday was his birthday.
I don’t know about you, but I was cheered up.