The Latest: Black Lives Matter activist returns to Maryland


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Louisiana over the shooting death of a black man in a struggle with two white Baton Rouge police officers (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

A prominent Black Lives Matter activist arrested in Louisiana while protesting the killing of a black man during a struggle with white police officers says he is returning to Baltimore.

DeRay Mckesson said on his Twitter account Tuesday that a judge had granted his request to leave Louisiana and he would be back in Baltimore later in the day.

Tensions have been rising since last week’s killing of Alton Sterling outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge.

The 31-year-old Mckesson was arrested Saturday on a charge of obstructing a highway.

A police affidavit of probable cause says Mckesson “intentionally” placed himself in the road after protesters were repeatedly warned by loudspeaker to remain on private property or the curb.

McKesson was released from jail on Sunday.

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2:16 a.m.

Baton Rouge’s top prosecutor is weighing whether to pursue charges against nearly 200 demonstrators arrested in weekend protests over the killings of young black men as criticism mounts by protesters over the tactics officers used on the crowds.

Police made nearly 200 arrests in Louisiana’s capital city during weekend protests, which are growing across the country as people express outrage over deaths at the hands of police.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III says any decisions on charges against the protesters will be made on a case-by-case basis.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana said Monday that Baton Rouge police “used violent, militarized tactics on groups of people who have gathered peacefully in protest of Alton Sterling’s killing.”

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