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50 people arrested, most from outside of BR, during Sunday protests

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says that 50 people were arrested during Sunday's protests. 

RELATED: Police say Gov. Street protest was attempting to block interstate

According to the EBR Parish Prison booking sheet, all but seven of those arrested were from outside of the Baton Rouge area. An additional four are from cities directly neighboring Baton Rouge. The majority are from New Orleans. The rest are from Minnesota, North Carolina, Missouri, Georgia, New York, Washington D.C. and other cities from around Louisiana. 

More than half of the individuals arrested were white females.

All of those who were arrested have been charged with obstruction of the roadway. Some were also charged with resisting arrest. 

The ACLU responded to the weekend of arrests with the following statement: 

“The Baton Rouge police used violent, militarized tactics on groups of people who have gathered peacefully in protest of Alton Sterling’s killing. We were on the scene and witnessed police in full riot gear with assault rifles while individuals were exercising their lawful rights and posed no threat. The police lunged and grabbed at peacefully assembled people and threw them to the ground. Such misconduct violates the constitution and is serving to escalate an environment already filled with tension. 

“We depend on the police to protect and serve everyone in our communities, to treat people fairly, to use violence only as the very last resort. But the Baton Rouge police have failed us. They failed when they encountered Alton Sterling. They failed when they lashed out at people protesting in peace. 

“The ACLU stands with the protesters in Baton Rouge and urges the police to honor our constitutional rights instead of stomping on them.” 

Nearly 200 people have been arrested since Friday. 

Sunday protesters held a peaceful march to the State Capitol where for a second day speakers emphasized peace. Later a group of protesters attempted to block Government Street outside of WAFB and the interstate. Police and Sheriff's deputies managed to stop protesters before they were able to get onto the interstate. 

RELATED: March to La. State Capitol marks day 6 of protests

Protesters gathered outside of Baton Rouge Police Headquarters for a third day but that protest remained mostly peaceful.

RELATED: Peaceful, late night protest continues near BRPD headquarters

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