Judge asked to approve settlement over protest arrests


MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Attorneys have asked a federal judge to approve a settlement that awards up to $45,000 in cash payments to dozens of protesters arrested in Baton Rouge following a black man’s fatal shooting by police.

A court filing Wednesday spells out details of the settlement agreement with the city, the local sheriff and district attorney and the head of the Louisiana State Police.

The deal includes $500 payments to approximately 90 protesters arrested on charges of obstructing a highway. Those charges will be expunged under the settlement.

Police arrested nearly 200 protesters following the July 5 shooting death of Alton Sterling, who was killed during a struggle with two white officers.

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson and two other protesters sued over their arrests, accusing police of using excessive force.

 

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