DeRay Mckesson Released From Jail: ’50 of us were in 1 cell, sleeping on the floor.’

DeRay McKesson released from jail

DeRay McKesson released from jail, Photo: Instagram

DeRay Mckesson, who is a well-known Black Lives Matter activist, has been released after he was arrested Saturday night in Baton Rouge. As previously reported, he was protesting against the shooting death of Alton Sterling and livestreamed the protest and his arrest on Periscope. As he was arrested, other protesters took his phone to continue the stream and demanded to know why he was being arrested.

Police defended the arrests that took place as being done in the name of public safety. “Well, they’re clearly blocking the roadway,” a police official told The Advocate’s Maya Lau. “We welcome the protests. We want them to voice their opinions. That’s what we’re here to do, to make sure they’re safe and they’re able to do that.”

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According to Mckesson’s tweets and comments on Livestream, protesters weren’t blocking the roadway.

Reportedly, he was charged with ‘simple obstruction of a highway of commerce.’ Here’s the affidavit.

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After his release, he sent out a series of tweets about his experience. See them below.

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Authored by: Kellie Williams