After DeRay Mckesson and more than 100 other protestors demonstrating against police shootings were arrested in Baton Rouge Saturday night, the Black Lives Matter organizer was released from custody on bond Sunday afternoon, The Washington Post reports. Mckesson says the charges against him have not been dropped.
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.
“DeRay Mckesson Will Not Be Elected Mayor of Baltimore,” partially read the headline of a New York Times Magazine profile of the famous Black Lives Matter activist from earlier this month. It provoked Mckesson himself to tweet that writer Greg Howard “used me in attempt to launch his career,” but today that prediction proved correct.