On Saturday night, police arrested several activists and journalists at protests across the country over the highly publicized fatal police shootings of two black men this week. On Monday, a police officer shot and killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as he was being held down by two other officers, and on Wednesday a cop mortally shot Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota as Castile was reaching for his driver’s license during a routine traffic stop. Both murders were documented in videos that went viral.
Prominent Black Lives Matter organizer DeRay Mckesson was arrested at a protest in Baton Rouge at around 11 p.m. Saturday night, along with approximately 100 other demonstrators, according to the Washington Post.
Brittany Packnett, a co-founder, along with Mckesson, of Campaign Zero told the Washington Post that two officers violently arrested McKesson. “They tackled him. One officer hit the top of his body and another officer the bottom,” Packnett said. According to Packnett, Mckesson was “clearly targeted” by police.
Mckesson, who had been live-streaming the protest on his phone, had his phone knocked out of his hands when he was arrested, ending his coverage of the protest.
Edward Snowden tweeted messages of solidarity with Mckesson and reporters who are also arrested Saturday night: