The City of Baton Rouge Settles Suit With BLM Deray McKeeson and Other Wrongfully Jailed Demonstrators

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson walks out of the Baton Rouge jail in Baton Rouge, La. on Sunday, July 10, 2016. The prominent Black Lives Matter activist, three journalists and more than 120 other people have been taken into custody in Louisiana over the past two days, authorities said Sunday, after protests over the fatal shooting of an African-American man by two white police officers in Baton Rouge. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson walks out of the Baton Rouge jail in Baton Rouge, La. on Sunday, July 10, 2016. The prominent Black Lives Matter activist, three journalists and more than 120 other people have been taken into custody in Louisiana over the past two days, authorities said Sunday, after protests over the fatal shooting of an African-American man by two white police officers in Baton Rouge. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)
Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson walks out of the Baton Rouge jail in Baton Rouge, La. on Sunday, July 10, 2016. The prominent Black Lives Matter activist, three journalists and more than 120 other people have been taken into custody in Louisiana over the past two days, authorities said Sunday, after protests over the fatal shooting of an African-American man by two white police officers in Baton Rouge. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

Baton Rouge agreed to settle the legal suit brought forward by  DeRay McKeeson, a well known member of the Black Lives Matter movement, and others who were wrongfully jailed during the protests after Alton Sterling’s murder this summer.

The city agreed to pay $100,000 to McKeeson and the other plaintiffs for violating their rights. According to “The Advocate”, the city government, the Louisiana state police, the East Baton Rouge sheriff’s office and the district attorney’s office will pay no more than $25,000 each to equal the $100,000. Each plaintiff is to receive $230.

On his Twitter, Deray tweeted the following: “The settlement includes monetary compensation, bail reimbursement, legal fee reimbursement & automatic expungement of the arrest.”

Some questioned whether this is enough, but agreed it is at least a step in the right direction. Many of the protests were live streamed, so we were able to see the protesters and police face to face and the arrests taking place.

This may be a step in the right direction but what about Alton Sterling’s murder?

Someone tweeted asking Deray if he got his backpack back.

Be sure to look for what actions celeb realtor Jay Morrison says we need to take in our interview in the Uplift the Black Man issue.

 

-Fancy ( Got news, tweet me or send me a DM. I’m usually ALWAYS working.)

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