Metro council approves $100,000 settlement with BLM protesters

Published: Nov. 23, 2016 at 2:02 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2016 at 3:08 AM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Protesters arrested in July after the police shooting of Alton Sterling should each get a few hundred dollars in a settlement, but that didn't sit well with one of the council members Tuesday night.

"To me, this encourages that same type of behavior to happen again in the future, and under no circumstances will I ever vote for this. I don't care if we're paying them a penny. This sets a very dangerous precedent that encourages people to come to Baton Rouge. Mr. McKessen is from out of state, many of these people are from out of state or out of city, to come to our city and protest in our city and then we're paying them for the privilege of doing so. No thanks," said Delgado.

Despite objections from John Delgado, the city government, Louisiana State Police, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, and District Attorney's office all plan to split the payout amongst the protesters, rather than risk a trial .

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