Earlier this year, President Obama sat down with BlackLivesMatter activist DeRay Mckesson and other BLM leaders and praised the work of the controversial group — just days after BLM thugs brutally assaulted a decorated war veteran in our nation’s capital.
Now, one of those leaders that President Obama met with has been arrested for unlawfully protesting while obstructing a major highway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson was among more than 100 protesters arrested Saturday night during demonstrations over the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Mckesson, one of the most recognizable faces to emerge from the Black Lives Matter movement, live-streamed his arrest on Periscope.
He was taken into custody while walking along the side of the Airline Highway with fellow protesters and later charged with “simple obstruction of highway commerce,” according to court records.
On Sunday afternoon, Mckesson, 31, was released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail, according to facility records. The former educator built a national following after he left his then-home and job in Minneapolis in August 2014 for Ferguson, Missouri, to document the rising anger over race relations after the police shooting of Michael Brown.
Mckesson has taken to Twitter to claim that he was arrested for no reason at all and that the police “provoke[d] protestors for no reason at all.” Mckesson conveniently left out the fact that the police told protestors that they could remain and demonstrate as long as they did not block the highway.
Source: NBC News