Protesters took to the streets again on Saturday night, clashing with cops in Louisiana, Minnesota and New York after the high-profile shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and Delrawn Small by police officers.
State police said cops seized seven guns during protests in Baton Rouge, La., and made at least 30 arrests — including Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson — as lines of officers in riot gear faced off with demonstrators protesting Sterling’s death outside a convenience store.
McKesson celebrated his birthday by attending the protests and streaming the moments before his arrest on Periscope.
He was walking along the side of the Airline Highway in Baton Rouge, carefully noting he was on the shoulder and that a large group of police officers were warning his group to stay off the road.
“They’re literally just provoking people,” McKesson said.
An officer then grabbed McKesson from behind and is heard on Periscope telling him to not “fight” him.
“I’m under arrest ya’ll,” said McKesson, before his phone was handed off to another protester who took over the livestream.
Police detained McKesson while the prominent activist wore a shirt stating “#StayWoke” a hashtag used to encourage people to be aware of current events surrounding social injustices.
He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail early Sunday, records show.
McKesson, who ran an unsuccessful bid for Baltimore mayor during the primary, was cuffed during a Black Lives Matter protest in St. Louis for civil disobedience in 2015.
In a video posted to the Louisiana State Police Facebook page, an official said the protesters arrested along the highway “want(ed) to cause an issue.”
“They want to get out in the road and block traffic,” he said. The official could not be immediately identified.
A local NPR reporter, Ryan Kailath, was also arrested during the protests,The Advocate in Baton Rouge reported.He faces one count of simple obstruction of a highway. He last tweeted video of the New Black Panthers marching.
A pair of journalists with Rochester, N.Y., television station WHAM were arrested while covering Black Lives Matter protests — while standing with a group of reporters.
The TV station noted that their employees, Carlet Cleare and Justin Carter, were the only black journalists among the group. The reporters were later released and Chief Michael Ciminelli and Mayor Lovely Warren apologized for the arrests, according to WHAM.
About 20 people were arrested in NYC for disorderly conduct — a misdemeanor — during a march slamming an off-duty cop for shooting Small, 37, dead during a road rage incident in Brooklyn last weekend.
About 500 protesters rallied in front of City Hall to start and splintered off and blocked traffic in various parts of the city.
In Minnesota, cops arrested up to 50 people following protests that stretched until around 4 a.m. in St. Paul, hauling the demonstrators to jail in city buses,according to KARE-TV.
Unruly protests among a crowds clogging a highway denouncing Castile’s death detonated fireworks and flung rocks, concrete, rebar, molotov cocktails and glass bottles at cops patrolling the rally.
Police retaliated by detonating smoke bombs to try clearing protesters from the highway.
The violent tone was a stark contrast to throngs of demonstrators opposing riot police by belting a chorus of Minneapolis artist Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
At least five St. Paul police officers were hurt during the protests, but none had serious injuries, police tweeted.
The blocked highway reopened shortly after 1 a.m. in the Minneapolis area.
Protests continued past midnight in Atlanta, Ga., where police arrested at least four demonstrators for walking in the street, WSB-TV reported. Georgia State police blocked on-ramps to highway to stop protesters from entering the roadway.
At least three people were arrested following similar rallies in Chicago, cops said.