New Black Panther Party arrive in Baton Rouge for Alton Sterling protests
BATON ROUGE - About a dozen members of the New Black Panther Party arrived in North Baton Rouge Saturday morning. They began their day at the Trippe S convenience store where Sterling was killed Tuesday morning.
"The people wanted us here. We want to be here and that's why we are here," Jerald Justice said.
The Black Panthers say they are not in town to cause more problems.
"We're not outsiders. We are people from the community," Justice said. "The community doesn't look at us as outsiders. We've been welcomed here."
Around 6 p.m. Saturday, protesters blocked parts of Airline Highway for the second day in a row. Police deployed riot gear, causing a short by tense situation as some protesters were pushed off of the road.
The situation de-escalated around 6:40 p.m. and Airline highway was reopened to traffic.
Baton Rouge police have issued a statement saying they are investigating a newspaper website's video that appears to show an officer with his weapon temporarily drawn at one point early Saturday morning as angry protesters confronted police.
Protest now at the corner of Airline & Goodwood at BRPD HQ, Airline reopened, police presence significantly de-escalated @WBRZ— Mark Armstrong (@TvMarkArmstrong) July 10, 2016
By 8 p.m., a large crowd had grown at the Circle K gas station near Baton Rouge Police headquarters. However, the crowd was smaller than Friday night's protest.
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