Judge asked to OK settlement over BLM protest arrests
BATON ROUGE | 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.
Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson and two other protesters sued over their arrests, accusing police of using excessive force. A court filing Wednesday spells out details of their 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 about 90 protesters who were arrested only on charges of obstructing a highway.