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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