Judge asked to approve settlement over protest arrests
BATON ROUGE - Attorneys have asked a federal judge to approve a settlement that awards up to $45,000 in cash payments to dozens of protesters arrested in Baton Rouge following a black man's fatal shooting by police.
A court filing Wednesday spells out details of the settlement agreement with the city, the local sheriff and district attorney and the head of the Louisiana State Police.
The deal includes $500 payments to approximately 90 protesters arrested on charges of obstructing a highway. Those charges will be expunged under the settlement.
Police arrested nearly 200 protesters following the July 5 shooting death of Alton Sterling, who was killed during a struggle with two white officers.
Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson and two other protesters sued over their arrests, accusing police of using excessive force.
This week the Baton Rouge Union of Police sent a letter reprimanding the Metro Council for their decision following a settlement with prostestors.
Read the full statement here.
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