Activists sue Baton Rouge police over treatment of protestors


"We can't take anything for granted any more", East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. Three handguns were found at the home of Bridgewater during a police search.

Dunn was treated at a local hospital before being transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, from which he was released Tuesday. People gather for Prayer Vigil organized by Myron Smothers at Memorial Tower on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, July 11, 2016. The heartbroken boy broke down in tears and hid his face with his shirt as his mother spoke about Alton Sterling's shooting death.

Cameron Sterling isn't the only child at the center of the dual police killings.

He called for peaceful protests.

The son of the African-American man fatally shot by a Baton Rouge police officer last week praised his father as a "good man" Wednesday and asked that those protesting his death do so in a non-violent way. The shooting was captured on cellphone video. The arrests came amid heightened tensions in the city following Sterling's death, a deadly police shooting in Minnesota and the killings of five police officers in Dallas.

A 911 call revealed that police responded to the scene after a homeless man claimed someone had pulled a gun on him outside the convenience store. They said Tuesday that the three, and possibly a fourth person, are accused of stealing at least eight handguns in a plan to harm police officers in the Baton Rouge area. Of the four suspects who were involved in the robbery, three have been arrested and one remains at large.

"We have been questioned repeatedly over the last several days about our show of force and why we have the tactics that we have".

"I witnessed firsthand as peaceful protestors were violently attacked and arrested, assault weapons pointed at them with fingers on the triggers, some dragged across the cement, their clothes ripped off of them", said Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild President and a Catholic nun Alison Renee McCrary "What I saw happening was an immediate threat to life".

"They all aren't bad", Cameron said about the police, standing outside the convenience store where his father was killed. Most of the arrests were for obstructing roadways.

The ACLU also accuses the Baton Rouge police of executing the arrests with "unnecessary and excessive physical force", as Lee Rowland, a senior staff attorney, wrote for the group's website.

"What a lot of people have to realize is that people truly want change", Stewart said.

Cpl. L'Jean McKneely, a BRPD spokesman, said the department does not comment on pending litigation. They then used stun guns and were trying to "subdue the subject" when they "observed the butt of a gun in (Sterling)'s front trousers pocket", said the warrant.

Those protests occurred during a week of demonstrations against police brutality that took place across the country.

Authorities in Louisiana have defended their response to protesters, saying that their gear - which evoked the chaos that unfolded on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., after a white officer shot a black teenager there in 2014 - was needed to protect police officers.