Judge asked to OK set­tle­ment over BLM protest ar­rests

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

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.

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