EBRSO: 30 people arrested during protest outside BRPD headquarters

EBRSO: 30 people arrested during protest outside BRPD headquarters

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says that 30 people were arrested Friday night during a protest.

The large crowd gathered outside of the Baton Rouge Police Department Headquarters to protest the death of Alton Sterling, who was killed by Baton Rouge Police early Tuesday morning outside of the Triple S Food Mart.

The unplanned protest, which began around 3 p.m., happened a day before a protest that was scheduled at the same location.

Organizers say they chose to move the location of Friday's protest because they felt they were not being heard outside of the Triple S Food Mart.

Most of the protesters were arrested for obstruction of highway or impeding the roadway after the protest spilled out onto Airline Highway. Three others were arrested for inciting a riot and one other protester was arrested for aggravated assault.

The individual arrested for aggravated assault allegedly picked up a wooden stake and raised it above an officer while another individual was being arrested.

One individual who was arrested for inciting to riot became physical and attempted to turn the gathering into a violent event. Officials gave the accused several loud, verbal warnings to leave the area, which were ignored. The accused then removed his shirt and beat on his chest while while prompting officers to come after him.

Another individual, charged with interfering, placed himself between an officer and a friend who was being arrested and clenched his fists at the officer in a threatening manner.

The Baton Rouge Police Department looked into reports of a police officer who pulled a gun on one protester.

BRPD spokesperson L'Jean McKneely released a statement saying,

"We are reviewing the video. It's difficult to tell why the officer pulled his weapon. We are working to identify this officer so we can better understand the reason he might have done this. After the Dallas murder of five officers at a protest the night before officers are very cautious and on the lookout for any threat. Tensions were very high last night on both sides. But in the end cooler heads prevailed. We want to thank those community leaders that stepped up to help keep citizens and officers from getting injured."

According to Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. stated that they have identified the officer involved and they will be speaking with him. He did not release the name of the officer.

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