Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Shopkeeper sues Baton Rouge police in aftermath of black man's death

Kira Marrero, a 22-year-old New Orleans resident who graduated last year from Williams College in MA, was the first protester freed from Baton Rouge's jail on Sunday.

Authorities said they arrested one suspect - Antonio Thomas, 17 - at the scene with a handgun and a BB gun. They called on the fourth suspect to turn himself in.

Six of the eight stolen firearms have been recovered and two are still at large, authorities said.

The day after a video was released of a Louisiana police officer fatally shooting 37-year-old Sterling at point-blank range outside of a convenience store, Rae tweeted that she had launched a scholarship fundraiser for Sterling's kids, reports Yahoo News.

Dabadie said at Tuesday's news conference that he had no evidence that the suspects in the alleged plot mentioned any connection to the shooting of Sterling or the ensuing protests.

The Atlantic magazine called the image, which prompted comments on social media from around the world, "a single photo from Baton Rouge that's hard to forget". "If you don't have on riot gear, you have no defense against that sort of thing", said the Democratic governor, who comes from a family of sheriffs. That shooting resulted in Sterling's death, which alongside the police-involved shooting of Philando Castile near St. Paul, Minnesota, triggered nationwide protests. The photo shows a protestor standing in front of police in riot gear; the juxtaposition is striking, but it's not the only picture of the interaction.

Officers took about 180 people into custody over the weekend in the state capital, mostly on misdemeanor charges accusing them of blocking traffic on a major thoroughfare during protests over recent police shootings of black men. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the U.S. Department of Justice is leading a criminal investigation.

Sterling, the father of five, died after being shot at close range.

On Sunday, Amnesty International questioned the high number of arrests during Saturday's protests and whether it was a "proportionate response to peaceful protests". The two men have showed up at protests and urged calm.

As for the dispute over the warrant filing, attorney Joel Porter said the officers' timeline "definitely' doesn't add up".

State Rep. Ted James, a black lawyer who grew up near where Sterling was shot, and Cleve Dunn Jr., a prominent black businessman, met with local Republican leaders at a public luncheon to discuss the shooting. News stories displayed here appear in our category for General and are licensed via a specific agreement between and The Associated Press, the world's oldest and largest news organization. Please see our terms of service for more information.

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