Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay McKesson and two others filed a lawsuit against Baton Rouge, Louisiana Thursday that accuses the city and police officials of violating their civil rights and using excessive forever his arrest last month at a protest for Alton Sterling, where over 200 people were detained.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of Mckesson and two others arrested accuses the city and police officials of violating their civil rights and using excessive force. The suit claims that police responded in a “militarized and aggressive manner,” approaching protesters in military gear and gas marks and threatening them by pointing their weapons directly at them, the suit says.
“Defendants used excessive force in attacking, battering, beating and assaulting plaintiffs and class members without provocation or the need for defense,” the suit reads.
Mckesson was arrested July 9 near police headquarters on charges of obstructing a highway. However, District Attorney Hillar Moore had said that Mckesson, along with some 100 others who were arrested, would not face prosecution by his office.