Police say Gov. Street protest was attempting to block interstate

Police say Gov. Street protest was attempting to block interstate
Published: Jul. 11, 2016 at 2:25 AM CDT
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What started as a peaceful march in downtown ended with tense moments between police and protesters. Officials say 48 people were arrested during the unplanned demonstration.

A portion of Government Street in downtown Baton Rouge remains closed after a group held an "unlawful protest" following a peace march that was held at the Louisiana State Capitol.

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Police believe the secondary protest was initiated by out-of-state groups.

"Protesters were attempting to get onto and block the interstate," said Cpl. Don Coppola, Baton Rouge Police Department. "We were able to stop them before they were able to achieve that."

The secondary protest started at roughly 6 p.m. and continued until roughly 8:30 p.m. Police blocked the entrance ramps to I-110 North and South near Government Street and people were asked to avoid the area.

Speakers at the protest seemed to try and move people to march and were pushing for people to listen to police. However, officials say some protesters became violent and even threw rocks. They say no one was injured.

Early in the evening officers were seen in partial riot gear and officials say they were prepared to use a chemical agent to disperse the crowd if it was needed. Police in full riot gear moved into the area around 7:30 p.m. and began moving the crowd out of the area.

Officials say they arrested 48 people on various charges during this demonstration, which is independent from the march that happened earlier in the evening. There were no issues during the march to the Capitol.

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