Cash Payments Approved For Protesters Arrested For Blocking Highway

A federal judge approved a class-action settlement Friday that awards up to $1,000 in cash to dozens of protesters who claim police violated their civil rights and used excessive force in arresting them after a deadly police shooting in Louisiana.

The deal resolves one of several lawsuits against law enforcement agencies in Baton Rouge after the July 2016 shooting death of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man. The shooting was one of several recent cases across the U.S. that fueled a debate about race and policing.  The officers in that shooting were later cleared by the DOJ.

Sterling was in possession of a gun.

Black Lives Matter movement leader DeRay Mckesson was among 69 arrested protesters eligible for cash payments ranging from $500 to $1,000.  He called the settlement a “blueprint” for other activists.

Those approved for the settlement were arrested for obstructing a highway.

The local district attorney announced last summer that roughly 100 arrested protesters wouldn’t be prosecuted on that charge.

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4 Comments

  1. LegalBeagle

    Why would the DA not file, and why would anyone settle? That’s moronic.

  2. SwampDawg

    Louisiana brass has always been afraid of blacks.

  3. Hyrules

    This is absurd. These people clearly broke the law. This was not a lawful exercising of first amendment rights. The only grounds they might have any merit at all is in excessive use of force. What kind of bullshit is this judge high on.

  4. Cynthia Bradley Hill

    This is the stupidest thing i have ever heard. Louisiana are you out of your minds? This makes you look ridiculous and very biased leaning toward blacks.

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