Activists sue Baton Rouge police over treatment of protestors


Wesley works with Together Baton Rouge, an interfaith group working to bridge the gap between the black community and the police force.

The "credible threat" was why law officers were quick to take aggressive action when they believed protesters were becoming unruly, Debadie and other top law enforcement officers told reporters Tuesday.

Blane Salamoni (L) and Howie Lake, the two officers involved in the shooting of Louisiana man Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge.

Another protest was proceeding in Dallas when a man there opened fire on police, killing five officers and prompting calls for unity among politicians including President Barack Obama. "Yet Alton Sterling is on the long list of Black people killed needlessly by our nation's police, and protests in his honor have turned into circuses of violence where the First Amendment is tossed aside", said ACLU of Louisiana Executive Director Marjorie Esman.

The week following Sterling's death has been marked with both mourning and protests across the country calling for police reform.

The investigation into the shooting of Sterling is now being led by the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division.

A day after Sterling's death, motorist Philando Castile, 32, was shot dead by a cop in Minnesota.

Bamberg noted that Landry's predecessor obtained indictments in December against the two black deputies on second-degree murder charges in the death of Jeremy Mardis, who was white.

"I truly feel that my father was a good man, and he will always be a good man", the teenager said.

According to, "protesters expressed disbelief that police would break up what had largely been a peaceful protest leading up to the arrests". It is that kind of violence, EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said, police simply will not tolerate.

"You can protest, but I want everyone to protest the right way", Cameron, 15, said. He called for people from all races to unite as one as they remember Sterling.

Another suspect, identified as 20-year-old Malik Bridgewater, was also arrested Sunday at his home and charged with burglary and theft of a firearm, police said, noting that detectives recovered three of the stolen handguns from him. On Tuesday, police arrested a 13-year-old male in conjunction with the robbery.

Edmonson said that there was "substantial, credible evidence" that some sort of attack on police was going to occur.

Cameron's father, Alton Sterling, was selling CDs outside a convenience store July 5 when officers responded to a caller who said a man threatened him with a gun. Police say they were protecting the city from widespread violence.

Cameron Sterling captured the attention of the nation last week when he broke down at a press conference while his mother was giving a statement to the press.