Elected officials urge law enforcement to exercise restraint with protesters
BATON ROUGE – Elected officials are urging local, state and federal law enforcement to exercise restraint when engaging with protestors.
In a letter, singed by "The Black Elected Officials of Baton Rouge," elected officials state that they stand with those in an outcry for justice in the midst of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castille and the Dallas police officers.
The letter states that officials are proud of citizens' passion to exercise peaceful civil disobedience, however they are against any form of "racial insight, derogatory language, violence against law enforcement, and criminal behavior from citizens."
Officials seek "that law enforcement refrain from exercising behavior that provokes the community as they protest, march, or hold community events. Specifically, refrain from verbal or physical taunting and use of tactical force," the letter states.
In the letter, officials also call for holding all city, state and federal agencies accountable by demanding a swift investigation of the Sterling case.
A "safe haven and resource center for the community" will be set up as a Community Command Center at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on Gus Young, according to the letter.
The letter continues to ask that on Sterling's funeral, set for Friday, July 15, that all protests and rallies stop out of respect for Sterling's family.
Click here to read the full letter.